Brammo, the Ashland, Oregon electric motorcycle company shipped its first sport bike this week. We only really have Brammo’s word for this. The name of the new owner is given simply “Ain” and you can see him beaming over his new motorcycle on the company website.
The company says Ain picked up his new electric motorcycle at Scuderia West and that he is “elated.” Ain sent the company a fan letter which reads “This bike is great!!! Definitely feels/handles more toward the sport bike side of things, and it’s a kick running with only the slight electromechanical whir, tire noise, and sound of the wind. You guys hit a home run!”
In the United States, you can buy Brammo Motorcycles at Scuderia in San Francisco, Bartels Harley-Davidson in Marina del Rey, Euro Cycles of Tampa Bay in Florida and at Suburban Motors, a Harley dealership in Thiensville, Wisconsin.
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Brammo sells two motorcycle models called the Empulse and the Enertia. Both bikes are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs.
The Enertia which the company is widely rumored to have been shipping since July 2010, is a “commuter vehicle.” For what Brammo calls “High Speed Commuting” in which the rider is likely to travel at speeds up to 65 miles per hour, the Enertia has a range of about 20 miles. While they last, an Enertia costs $7,995.
The Empulse, like the one Ain bought, is a sport bike. The Empulse weighs about 470 pounds. It has a six speed transmission. The manufacturer says the bike will go 100 miles per hour and 100 miles between charges. A reviewer for Cycle World took the Empulse up to 85 miles per hour at 9000 rpm. The top end Empulse costs $18,995.
The Empulse was originally scheduled to ship about 18 months ago. It appears to be shipping now. An upgraded version of the Enertia, called the Enertia Plus will allow “High Speed Commuting” for up to 40 miles and may even be capable of achieving average freeway speeds in Los Angeles. The Enertia Plus may begin shipping early in 2013. The new model Enertia will cost $10,995.
Congress enthusiastically supports electric motorcycles. Until January 2012, Brammo buyers qualified for a tax credit equal to ten percent of the bike’s purchase price. According to the motorcycle manufacturer, “The advocacy group Plug-In America has fought to retain the credits, and has indicated that it’s possible they will be reinstated at a later date as part of further payroll-tax extension legislation. Although a renewal of this tax credit is likely to be retrospective in nature, neither the renewal nor the retrospective effect is guaranteed. As with all tax matters, this information does not constitute tax advice, please consult your tax advisor, attorney, or accountant for specific details.”
Or you can just buy a brand new, 72-inch Harley Sportster for slightly less than an Enertia Plus.