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This just off the wire:
Brammo Advances Progress for Electric Vehicle Equality
Electric vehicle equality message gains audience with The White House and key members of Congress ASHLAND, Ore., Nov. 3
ASHLAND, Ore., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ — On the heels of a wildly successful grassroots journey, Brammo, maker of plug-in electric motorcycles, is urging the United States government to grant equality in federal funding for all electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers. Currently, most federal funding has been limited to companies producing EVs with four wheels.
To press this case, Brammo’s Founder and CEO, Craig Bramscher, met with members of Congress last week and with Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu at the Clean Energy Economy Forum hosted by The White House. The meetings were part of an effort to present policymakers Brammo’s commercially-available emissions-free motorcycle at a time when the government is looking for clean transportation solutions.
“We want to thank The White House and Congress for their support of clean transportation policy to date,” said Bramscher. “Most of the funding, however, continues to go to companies that lag in innovation. Meanwhile, the Brammo Enertia powercycle is available online and at select Best Buy stores today despite federal discrimination for two-wheeled vehicles. We plan to fight for funding equality for our promising industry.”
Best Buy senior vice president of Emerging Business Rick Rommel, who accompanied Bramscher to The White House said, “Best Buy is committed to supporting customer adoption of clean energy technologies by making it convenient for them to learn about and see these exciting alternatives within our stores. We appreciated this opportunity to share our perspective with leaders in Washington, and look forward to a continuing dialogue.”
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed an Amendment to the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act giving two-wheel electric vehicle manufacturers access to Department of Energy funding for further development of electric vehicles. It is expected that similar legislation will be introduced in the Senate, and, if passed, will help accelerate the emergence of electric vehicles as a clean energy transportation option, without favoring four-wheeled vehicles over two- and three-wheeled vehicles.
Brammo’s grassroots journey, titled Shocking Barack, involved two Brammo Enertia riders who followed the same route from Detroit to Washington, DC that was taken last December by the Big Three auto executives as they asked Congress for a bailout. The goal of the Shocking Barack voyage was to present President Obama a homegrown solution to the country’s transportation crisis. The tour, which continues to attract a vocal crowd at Twitter, will be transitioned into a campaign to call for equality in federal finding.
Even with limited federal support, Oregon based Brammo has grown from 12 employees to more than 50 in last year with much of the growth in high tech positions.
To learn more about Brammo’s efforts and its business, please visit www.brammo.com for more information.
Brammo (www.brammo.com) is a premier specialty vehicle manufacturer developing sustainable performance products for the next generation of transportation. Through integration of digital engineering and high impact design, Brammo transforms ideas into compelling products. Located in Ashland, Oregon the company was founded in 2002 and is privately held.
Twelpforce to the rescue…
I posted a tweet to the Twelpforce asking for ideas about how to get the ShockingBarack boys to meet Obama and received a great answer from them:
#twelpforce @brammofan The man you would probably want to talk to (and we’re sure you have) is this gentleman: http://bit.ly/aNnkG
Which was a link to the Department of Energy’s website. Specifically, to the “about Secretary Chu” page.
@Agent3012 of the Twelpforce followed that up with a suggestion:
#twelpforce @brammofan Of course, it wouldn’t hurt if all the Brammo Enertia fans sent emails and letters here: http://bit.ly/GWnEM
So, I wrote the following email to the Secretary, whose address is firstname.lastname@example.org:
Two motorcycle riders are headed your way and they would like to meet you. The riders and their bikes, and for that matter, their journey, deserves your attention, and the attention of your boss, President Barack Obama.The motorcycles they are riding are Brammo Enertia Powercycles and are 100% electric, powered by lithium iron phosphate battery cells. The bike’s batteries can be charged by plugging into a standard 110 volt household outlet.The riders are Brian Wismann, lead designer for Brammo, and Dave Schiff, creative director for the advertising agency of Crispin Porter + Bogusky.The voyage, which has been chronicled on www.shockingbarack.com, has retraced the route the Big Three automobile executives took when they traveled from Detroit to D.C. to ask for a bailout.ShockingBarack doesn’t want to ask for a bailout, though. Rather, they want to give the nation a gift: the two powercycles. These bikes represent a part of a homegrown solution to the nation’s energy crisis. They don’t depend on foreign oil. They emit no harmful greenhouse gases from their tailpipes because they don’t have a tailpipe. If they are charged by electricity generated from a renewable source, they are even emission-free. Additionally, these bikes are covered with hundreds of signatures of U.S. citizens who have pledged their support to the cause.Could you help them present this gift to our nation? Could you help them meet the President so they can give the bikes to both of you?Their journey is coming to an end. They will be in Washington D.C. any minute, actually. Next week (October 26), they will be hanging around your town, showing off the bikes and hoping for a meeting.I hope you can help them.Sincerely,[My name and address]
Good news for Brammo from the Department of Energy:
(If you can call being labeled “inevitable” as good news)
by Sebastian Blanco on Jun 14th 2009 at 11:16AM
The Secretary of the Department of Energy, Steven Chu, gave the commencement address at CalTech on Friday, and electric vehicle advocates could find something to cheer about from his words of advice to the Class of 2009. Plug-in supporter Paul Scott went to the ceremony, and was happy ot hear Chu say that we needed to prepare for the “inevitable transition to electricity as the energy for our personal transportation.” Scott writes:
While most may have missed the importance of this comment, it meant everything to me. Those at the top of the Obama administration understand the need to move from dirty fossil fuels to renewable electricity, and their efforts so far show they are serious.
Chu’s defunding, at the federal level, of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle means he knows we need to put our efforts toward solutions that are ready now, not some expensive, inefficient technology that requires us to continue buying our energy from oil companies.