Congratulations to Brammo for having its Enertia crowned as Motorcycle.com’s Best Electric Motorcycle. Read all about it here. You’ll find it toward the bottom of the article, right above “Best Technology” — which went to “Electric Motorcycles.”
Even if electric motorcycles are not convincing some traditionalists just yet, it’s hard to argue against facts. 2010 was the year Brammo and Zero began hitting their stride, Honda, KTM and other major manufacturers announced stirrings from abroad, and we wrote the world’s first electric motorcycle shootout. Electric motorcycles can offer economy costs equivalent to 400-plus mpg – or pennies per mile, pick your standard – which means there are people willing to tolerate 20-55-mile ranges from yet-pricey, first-generation machines.
I’m not going to extract the whole paragraph from the section of the article about the Enertia, but this was a notable highlight:
Brammo’s Enertia is the most thoroughly developed example of a new type of motorcycle – the Electric Motorcycle – for which Motorcycle.com this year created an additional category on its home page. The Enertia won our first Electric Motorcycle Shootout in part because it comes with high-quality components throughout and costs 20% less than its next closest competitor, the Zero S/DS.
And this great picture from their site:
MPP Motor News
Meanwhile, an interesting article in yesterday’s DesignNews.com, contains some information about a new motor design that will be used in the Empulse (and the RR racebike):
A new all-electric motorcycle built by Brammo Inc. is using a MPP series traction motor and innovative cooling technology to maximize power density and peak torque output. The motor technology yields up to 40 percent higher torque per unit size than conventionally constructed permanent magnet motors, and delivers 20 to 350kW of power with 97 percent efficiency.
Also, it looks like Brammofan’s buddy, Ted, has written about the motor over on his blog, the Electric Chronicles.