Electric motorcycle manufacturer Brammo has announced that its new Empulse and Empulse R will cost $16,995 and $18,995 respectively in the United States.
The Empulse is unique among electric bikes in that both a 100 mph (160 km/h) top speed and a 100 mile range are possible. However, those two parameters are mutually exclusive as, according to the official ‘Highway’ measure, the maximum that can be ridden between recharges is 56 miles (90 kilometres). At slower speeds around town that distance has the potential to more than double, though, as the ‘City’ figure is 121 miles (195 kilometres).
Powering the Empulse is a 9.31 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that drives a water-cooled 54 bhp (40 kW / 54 PS) motor. Recharge time is around eight hours, but that drops to 3.5 hours when a fast-charger is used. A regenerative braking system also helps to keep the battery topped up while riding.
The standard Empulse, which comes with all-plastic bodywork, should be at Brammo dealers during the first quarter of 2013.
Available sooner will be the R version. Featuring mudguards, lights surrounds and a top panel all made from carbon fibre, it is going to be offered in limited numbers starting this June. Production volumes are then expected to increase for the third quarter of 2012.
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