January 25, 2012

The Brammo Empulse - The high-performance electric sportbike

The high-performance electric sportbike from Brammo, the Empulse, was revealed more than a year-and-a-half ago, with the promise of production in the first quarter of 2011. Now, finally, Brammo says the Empulse is slated for production in early 2012.

What makes this electric sportbike special is Brammo’s claim that the Empulse 10.0 is capable of reaching 100 mph, as well as boasting a range of 100 miles on a single charge. Those numbers are halved, at most, in even the best current model production electric bikes on offer from other brands.

Most manufacturers of electric motorcycles use a power controller unit that allows the rider to modulate power via a traditional twist throttle. Powered by a 57-hp motor with a liquid-cooled 10-kwh battery, the Empulse claims a charge time of 10 hours from a 110V outlet.
The higher-performance bikes will weigh more because of their higher capacity batteries. Empulse MSRPs are priced in order of performance at US$9,995, US$11,995, and US$13,995, respectively.

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