Enertia Plus – Brammo takes electric motorcycle to 80 mile range
Brammo Enertia Plus - 80 miles on a single charge
Brammo has eclipsed the range capability of its pioneering Enertia electric motorcycle with its latest commuter – the Enertia Plus. With its 6.0 kW h lithium ion battery pack the Enertia Plus achieves 80 miles (128 km) on a single charge – twice that of the original model – while only adding US$1000 to the price tag.
Back in July we spoke to Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher about the huge leap forward in performance showcased by the company's Empulse streetfighter model. It hasn't taken long for this improved battery tech developed through racing at the Isle of Man to find its way into a bike designed for the daily commute.
While the Empulse is tailored towards ripping through the twisties on a weekend jaunt, the Enertia Plus retains a practical commuter focus. The new model weighs in at 324 lbs (147 kg) and retains most of the performance specs of the original Enertia – a top speed of more than 60 mph (95 km/h) 40 Nm of torque at @ 0 - 1450 rpm and peak power of 13kW @ 4500 rpm.
Charging and starting has been simplified, there's a tighter turning radius and the geometry of the bike has been tweaked with an increased fork offset and handlebars moved 1-inch farther back.
The big difference is range. Even though the 42 mile capability of the original would seem to easily satisfy the need of most daily commuters, Brammo found that increased range was at the top of its customers' wishlist. It seems we are a little more conservative about the prospect of running out of juice when it comes to electric vehicles, and given that they take much longer to "fill-up", it's an understandable attitude.
The 6.0 kW h battery pack on the Enertia Plus (the Enertia has a 3.1 kW h capacity) should kill this range anxiety with its 80 mile capability – that's enough to ensure most commuters make it home with "half a tank" and will almost certainly mean there's no need to worry about finding somewhere to plug-in at the office for a top-up during the day. The downside – it does take longer to charge (around 8 hours).
The Enertia Plus is priced at US$8995 and comes in four new colors (black, blue, red and silver) with the option of a center kickstand (pricing TBD) and rigid Givi side bags (US$350).
Deliveries are slated to begin 2011 with Brammo is now taking pre-orders.
Check out the promo vid below:
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Interesting! and that\'s a really big battery ... im surprised the bike weighs only 324 lbs ..
Wonder what the avg voltage is .. (Assumming its 100v
gives it 60 Ahr .. my 14Ah bicycle battery is 3.8 kg or
8.4 lbs .. so \'roughly upscaling\' my battery to 60 Ahr would have it weigh exactly 60 lbs.)
so, roughly, let\'s say 60 lbs represents the motorcycle\'s battery .. 324 - 60 = 264 lbs for its frame/motor/etc ..
And looking at the pics, that seems reasonable to me..
At least hopefully my math isn\'t from outerspace ..
yet my bicycle max\'s at 30 mi. per charge .. This thing is more than doubling that ..
So, i dont understand ,notwithstanding my assumptions must be way off ...
\" Simulation? Sure, but first tell me what you want the answer to be!\"
this is a great demo video. I wonder whether the headlamp is LED? By the colour of it, it looks to be tungsten filament bulb. What intrigues me most of all was the complete lack of any traffic apart from the motorcycle.
In the UK there is a campaign to make motorists more aware of motorcyclists. Electric bikes by their nature are very quiet, so having a headlight on is a necessity. As usual, they are expensive, but as they become more popular, hopefully the price will come down.
compare kwh to kwh ... not ah.
Drivers will need to get used to motorcycles that don\'t sound like motorcycles.
Or motorcycles that make no sound at all.
Indeed, doubliing the range and doing so as a motorcycle not as your bike, which I presume still has pedal input )hybrid)
Its all in motor speed and controller efficiency methinks.
This looks like something I may be interested in buying.
Sound-wise, i doubt ya can get away from the fact that traffic noises can be lifesaving. Eg, even now, organizations for the Deaf and/or Blind are (rightfully!) opposing silent cars for this reason. I myself was nearly seriously injured in a parking lot when, while walking, a vehicle instantly backup . No warning of any kind. The USA gov is now requiring cars have amps and speakers to emit a sound if under a certain speed.
As for me, just give me a pair of Bose with digital amp and a recording of a Harley hog\'s exhaust! (btw, those old Bose horn speakers are amazingly efficient! maybe drop my range down to 59 mi .. i could swallow that!
Greetings. Continued congratulations to the Brammo people for their work and progress! Surely, we are on the way to the future of motorcycling. How about a cross between the Enertia and the Empulse: say, sporty styling with a higher top end, but conservative enough for sport touring/handling? Just some thoughts... I can\'t wait to order mine!
Safe riding. GOD Bless!
The Empulse look is more like a motorcycle - aka Ducati Monster. The Enertia\'s look is too weak to attract bikers. I would buy the Empulse, but not the Enertia.
I have to wonder what the range is at a constant 60 mph. I\'ll be interested in an electric bike when I can get a 60 mile range at 60 mph. I doubt my employer is going to be willing to provide free electricity for us wage slaves, in the current economic climate.
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