Jeff Cobb
by Jeff Cobb
Hey, where’s the gas tank? Zero’s electric-powered DS returns EPA-estimated energy efficiency equivalent to 455 mpg.
Electric motorcycles like these Natives made by Electric Motorsport in Oakland, CA., are lining up for the American market.
Brammo’s $7,995 Enertia is being sold in a few West Coast Best Buys for now, with plans in the works for distribution nationally, and worldwide.
Electric Motorsports supplies a who’s-who list of innovators from around the world, and in its spare time, comes up with electric race bikes like this.
A Brammo racebike placed third in the highly competitive Pro class at last year's inaugural Isle of Man TTXGP.
An Electric Motorsport Native is seen here tromping around Laguna Seca. Another of the company’s racers placed first in the Open class at the Isle of Man’s inaugural electric TT.
Zero’s CEO Gene Banman shows California Gov. Schwarzenegger a battery-operated machine after a Terminator’s own heart – speaking of which, a heart-sized power cell from the future that goes 120 years on a charge is not included – but Zero is working toward producing a safer version …
Looks kind of like a gas pump. More recharging stations like this one with Brammo Enertias parked nearby will be needed if EVs are going to succeed.
Native’s approximately $5-10,000 GPR-S emphasizes sportbike-like styling, and can be kitted to offer performance ranging from mild mannered to top speeds approaching 80 mph.
Brammo’s Enertia looks like a real motorcycle, but commutes with the ease of a scooter.
The $9,995 Zero S is one of two street-legal bikes the company is using to break into the commuter and light recreational market.
A lower intimidation factor is bringing new riders into the club, says Brammo’s founder.
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