Brammo zero-emission motorcycles announced that it will begin production of an electric sportbike, calling it the “Empulse.” Brammo demonstrated a pre-production prototype today and all three production models of the Empulse motorcycle will be capable of sustaining 100 mph.
The three models will have different battery capacities, all utilizing an innovative proprietary array, the Brammo Power battery and vehicle management system. The Empulse is available for immediate order and deliveries will commence in 2011.Craig Bramscher
(Founder and CEO of Brammo)says: “Motorcycle riders have been requesting increased speed and range and I am proud and delighted to reveal these game-changing Brammo electric motorcycles. Our customers expect Brammo to design and produce the world’s most exciting (and affordable) electric motorcycles and that’s exactly what we have done. Today’s announcement promises no more range anxiety for Brammo customers.”The Empulse TrioAll three models of the Empulse will be freeway capable and will enjoy a top speed in excess of 100 mph. Each of the three models will offer customers a different average range from a single charge.The Empulse 6.0 is capable of 60 miles (96 kilometers) average range, the Empulse 8.0 is capable of 80 miles (129 kilometers) average range and the top of the line Empulse 10.0 is capable of a travelling 100 miles (161 kilometers) on a single charge.Range of all three motorcycles can be extended by travelling at lower speeds.The estimated MSRP for the Empulse trio when deliveries start next year are; Empulse 6.0 $9,995, Empulse 8.0 $11,995 and Empulse 10.0 $13,995.All three models will be eligible for Federal and State tax incentives. For example, the Empulse 10.0 may cost as little as $7,000 in certain states after Federal and State incentives.Empulse TechnologyThis is the first application of Brammo’s innovative Brammo Digital Drivetrain including the Brammo Power battery pack and Brammo Power vehicle management system. Brammo’s breakthrough in price/energy density is at the heart of today’s announcement and is unequalled in the electric vehicle industry. The Empulse is also the world’s first production electric motorcycle to have a water cooled motor.Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development at Brammo and designer of the Empulse, said, “The Empulse reveals the significant price performance that we can deliver using Brammo Power(TM) technology. Just like it did with the Enertia Powercycle, Brammo has again raised the bar in terms of electrical drivetrain innovation and time to market.”Empulse AvailabilityCustomers can place their order for an Empulse by visiting the Brammo website brammo.com. Deliveries are expected to commence in mid-2011 and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.Customers placing an order will be expected to place a refundable deposit once their Empulse is within 90 days of delivery. The Brammo range of motorcycles will be available globally through select motorcycle dealerships and participating Best Buy stores during 2011.Brammo Motorcycles: DistributionBrammo is expanding its dealership network both within the USA and in Europe and Asia. Organizations interested in selling and servicing the Brammo range of motorcycles, which includes the award winning Enertia, can register their interest by visiting brammo.com/dealerapplicationAdrian Stewart (Director of Sales and Marketing at Brammo) says: “We are always looking for individuals and organizations that want to enter into a long term business partnership with Brammo to sell and service our range of electric vehicles. JCAM, our distributor and dealer in Hong Kong and Singapore is an excellent example of such an organization.”Brammo Motorcycle RacingBrammo Power technology employed in the Empulse is race proven in the Brammo Empulse RR race bike. You can see the Empulse RR in action at the 2010 Red Bull Grand Prix, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Brammo will race the Empulse RR in the FIM e-Power series which will see 15 electric motorcycle teams from around the world compete on this demanding circuit.Empulse Motorcycle UnveilingBrammo CEO Craig Bramscher will be unveiling the Empulse at the 2010 Red Bull Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, 11.15am, Saturday July 24th 2010.Later this year the Empulse will be at EICMA Milan, Italy and at the Macau Grand Prix, China.