Diane Pham

Roehr Set to Debut First American Electric Motorcycle

by , 01/26/10
filed under: automotive, green gadgets

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Motorcycle enthusiasts have good reason to rev their engines. Ready to burn some serious rubber, Roehr Motorcycles are set to release two battery-powered motorbikes this spring. As the electric counterparts to the famed Roehr 1250sc, the new eSuperbike and eSupersport are impressive additions to the Roehr family that feature seamless functionality, flexibility and all-electric power!

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To keep the prices relatively low, the bikes utilize mass-manufactured parts engineered and tested for full life-cycle reliability. The eSupersport will have a 6-kilowatt-hour pack and the eSuperbike double that. The batteries in the prototype are Chinese-made Headways lithium-iron phosphate large-format cylindrical cells, which recharge in 4 to 6 hours. Both models will deliver 130 to 140 miles of range at 30 mph, and performance is on par with gas-guzzling motorcycles – the eSupersport is to be able to hit a top speed of 95 to 100 mph with a zero to 60 time of about 5.0 seconds, while the eSuperbike can make a 3-second leap to 60 mph with a quarter-mile time in the low 11s and an estimated top speed of 150 mph!

The 35-kilowatt AC motor developed by Hi Performance Golf Cars provides 45 horsepower at 96 volts. Running them at slightly higher voltage, the eSupersport is able to meet 48 horsepower at 8000 rpm and 105 pound-feet of torque while the eSuperbike with dual motors finds a striking 96 horsepower and 210 pound-feet. The best part is that with an AC motor the bikes remain 100 percent maintenance-free, a statement backed up by the Roehr’s test-trial that ran the engines for 10 years nonstop. Moreover, one of the most interesting design aspects of the bike is its modularity. Upgrading, between the eSupersport and eSuperbike is a snap with an upgrade kit that allows you to transform your bike in your own garage.

The bikes are anticipated in showrooms by April and will make their racing debut at the TTXGP green grand prix in California in May.

+ Roehr Motorcycles

Via Wired

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4 Comments

  1. Al Morlina January 30, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Has been happening for half a decade now, and they are sold out on their 2008 line.

    2009 ELECTRIC GPR-S with 72Volt Lithium batteries MSRP $8500
    http://www.electricmotorsport.com/store/ems_electric_motorcycle_gpr.php

  2. brrapp January 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Just because the pollution comes out of a factory miles away and not out of the thing you’re sitting on, doesnt mean it’s ‘Green’.
    In fact with all the losses due to conversions and line resistance I’d argue they were just as dirty as our old dinosaur burners.

  3. v8media January 26, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Just pointing out a previously available electric motorcycle, also a U.S. company: Zero Motorcycles, http://www.zeromotorcycles.com. They have a street bike as well as an offroad model.

  4. idyll23 January 26, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Editorial Fact Check:
    http://www.ridemission.com/

    Mission Motors out of San Francisco, CA premiered their bike a year ago.

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