Lights? Check. Siren? Check. A peek at the Enertia Plus LE

A word to the wise – turn your speaker volume down before playing this video, which came to me via a Bothan spy embedded in Ashland, Oregon.

Is this the Enertia Plus LE (Law Enforcement) model, getting ready to be loaded into a shipping container headed toward Hong Kong?  

Or is it, perhaps, the new, standard equipment for all electric vehicles in order to comply with the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act that promises to keep our world as noisy as it can possibly be?

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Brammo + Bicycles = Elmoto Bikes?

A little bird just shared some interesting photos, which appear to originate from Germany and which also appear to show a cozy relationship between Brammo and the electric bicycle manufacturer, Elmoto.  In fact, it appears that the two bikes are just different faces of the same coin (sharing the same display, at least).

Here’s image #1:

Elmoto-Brammo

And, from a different direction…

Brammo-Elmoto

Frankly, I’ve always thought that the design of these two conveyances was complementary.  Perhaps the two companies decided to work together to help move the world to a wider acceptance of two-wheeled EVs.  Perhaps there has always been some sort of relationship between the two, given the similarities in design.

Or, perhaps, I need to get back on my meds.

Either way, further discussion of these findings will likely occur over on the Brammo Owners Forum. (Note: you don’t have to be an owner to join).

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Enertia Plus – Time to Commit

Brammo has sent emails to U.S. residents who have placed orders for the Enertia Plus, sharing details on the production model and asking them to confirm their interest in purchasing. 

For now, just the facts:

The much anticipated Enertia Plus is now entering production and your pre-order has reached the point where you will need to confirm your order by following the link below. Once you have confirmed your order you will be contacted with a delivery date, and at that time you will be expected to make a non-refundable deposit of $1000. The Enertia platform has advanced a great deal since it was first introduced to the world in 2009. Leveraging what we’ve learned from customers along with key developments in electric vehicle technology, The Enertia Plus represents the longest range, highest performance Enertia we’ve offered to date.

In the Enertia Plus, two BPM44/70 battery modules take the place of the six smaller modules found in the standard Enertia. The chemistry in the Enertia is Lithium Iron Phosphate. The chemistry in the Enertia Plus is Lithium NCM (Nickel Cobalt Manganese Oxide), sometimes referred to as Lithium “mixed metal oxide”. Both chemistries are well known for their safety and very good life cycle performance. The Lithium NCM has the benefit of greater energy density, which is how we achieve more capacity for the same weight. A higher nominal battery bus voltage (88.8Vdc) and lower series resistance means less voltage sag, higher continuous performance, and greater overall system efficiency for the Plus as well.

Upgraded Motor – Although the power level remains the same, the actively air-cooled permanent magnet AC motor features greater efficiency which reduces the heat generated, allowing more performance to be pulled out of the bike before it reaches its thermal limit.

New forged Triple Clamp with much improved steering lock and slightly modified geometry and ergonomics. Reduced trail, plus the increased lock makes for a dramatic improvement to low-speed maneuverability without sacrificing stability at speed. Handle bar position is roughly 1″ higher and 1″ back towards the rider which was unanimously judged to be more comfortable for a variety of rider sizes.

New Cast Aluminum Headlamp Brackets clean up the aesthetic of the front end and make servicing parts in that assembly much easier. The brackets also reposition the dash closer to the triple clamp and change the angle slightly. The new brackets were designed to accept accessories like the optional windscreen with a simple bolt-on kit.

 

New Enertia Plus Motor Controller which allows for greater configuration options and more robust communications with the Brammo VCU (Vehicle Control Unit).

Auto-Start Module Integration – The Enertia Plus now starts with the key switch and does not require the button press. The button has been replaced with a stylish aluminum Brammo bull head badge. The Enertia Plus also starts charging when plugged in to AC power. No special key position or steps are required.

Warranty – The Enertia Plus comes with a 12 month warranty and the Brammo Power BPM44/70 batteries with a 24 month warranty.

The MSRP of the 2012 Enertia Plus is now $10,995 – and can be financed for as little as $220 per month subject to credit approval.

2012 Enertia Plus Specifications

 

Top Speed:

60+ mph / 95+ km/h

Power:

17hp / 13 kw

Torque:

29.5 ft-lb / 40 Nm

Battery Capacity:

6.2 kWh (nominal)

Max Range:

80 miles / 128 km 
(based on MIC “city” range test)

Weight:

330 lbs / 150 kg

Level 1 (US) Recharge Time:

0% to 100% – 8 hours

 

Price $10,995

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Gavin’s VERY detailed Brammo Enertia review

One of the more active (and vocal) members of the Brammo Owners Forum has written a novella about his experience with the Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle. The company let him take it on a test ride that can fairly be described as “extended.”  It may be lengthy, but it’s an easy read and a recommended read for anyone considering making the switch to electric vehicles and, specifically to a Brammo bike.

 

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Brammo Enertia Won on The Price is Right

Some lucky dude won his showcase on CBS’s iconic game show, “The Price is Right” today.  Included in that showcase was one Brammo Enertia.

The Prize

The guy also took home a treadmill and will be going on a trip to Dubai.  Memories of vacations fade and the best laid plans for regular exercise seem to fall by the wayside, but we’re hopeful he’ll be zipping along on this beauty for years to come.

Host Drew Carey in the closing seconds of the show.

(and shame on you CBS for making it so difficult to download anything with a decent resolution from your nightmare of a website.  I had to watch almost half an hour of advertisements to get these two screenshots)

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Zero – Taking Flight

Congratulations to Zero Motorcycles on their 2012 model announcement yesterday at EICMA in Milan, Italy.  In addition to providing lots of photos and specifications which an intrepid electric motorcycle enthusiast can easily find (hey, I’m Brammofan, not Zerofan), they also released a video in which I have found the hidden secret to how the bike achieves so much air time in the video.  I guarantee that this is an actual frame from the movie at the 0:50 mark.  You can’t make this stuff up:

Operation ZeroGullWing has been compromised.

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Fear Less

Today's mail

I want to tell you about one of my favorite “Let’s save the planet” blogs, FearLess Revolution. That website sprang out of a place dubbed the “Fearless Cottage” in Boulder, Colorado, that was founded by Alex Bogusky, his wife Ana, and Rob Schuham.  If you’re wondering how this relates to Brammofan, well, you haven’t been paying attention.

Go back and read some of my posts tagged CP+B, which was the advertising agency (Crispin Porter + Bogusky) that Alex Bogusky (the B, obviously, in CP+B) ran.  Around the time I started blogging as Brammofan, Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher bid on eBay and “bought” 17 summer interns from CP+B. I had a great time that summer – 2009 – covering their antics, which included an attempt at making a logo for Brammo and a pretty nifty music video that included some great Brammo footage before the Enertia entered full production.

The biggest “campaign” in which CP+B participated was, without a doubt, the Shocking Barack saga.  More than just a story of two guys on Brammo Enertias traveling from Detroit to Washington, D.C. to give Obama an electric motorcycle, it became an internet phenomenon – followed by hundreds, then thousands, then… who knows how many people before it ended.

You know what?  This is not a story about Brammo or CP+B or Shocking Barack.  This is story about fearing less.

A couple weeks ago, the FearLess Revolution blog announced a little contest.  (I’m not going to get side-tracked here, but Bogusky and Brammo used to be really into contests – search for it).  It was a contest to name a new “Occupy Wall Street” themed flavor of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.  Since I love ice cream and contests, I figured I’d give it a shot.  My entry: “OccuPie Wallnut Street – A delicious mix of walnuts, pie crust and the tears of the oppressed majority.”

After pleading on Twitter and on Facebook for my friends and followers to vote early and often, it turned out that I won!  Thrilled, I was, and especially because the prize was quite a treasure: a FearLess t-shirt.  These shirts are pretty awesome and you should go order one before they run out.   Just make sure it’s appropriate – since I have kids around here, I got the “Fear Less Love More” shirt.  (They just came out with the “Kill Less F@ck More” shirt – uncensored, which I would love, if I were a college freshman again).

Here’s where the “Fear Less” lesson comes in:  One of Bogusky’s lackeys employees sent me an email requesting my size and a mailing address.  I responded with the appropriate answers and then, PUSHED PAST MY FEAR OF ASKING FOR WHAT I WANT.  Here’s what I wrote:

I would like to request a handwritten and signed note by Alex expressing the “thanks of a grateful nation” or at least the thanks of a grateful FearLess Force, and a hand-drawn picture of a rodent or other small mammal of his choice.  I will settle for less, but I have learned to be FearLess when I make these special requests.
And here are the results:

My very cool Fear Less Love More t-shirt - a $25.00 Value!

A little closer, on that post-it:

Yep. It's a small mammal.

So… he took my request VERY literally – the damn thing is almost microscopic.  Yeah, leave it to that ol’ comedian, Alex.  Okay, so no “thanks of a grateful FearLess nation,” but I did say that I would settle for less.
The takeaway:  If your dream is to one day own an original piece of art, signed by the artist, then you’re going to have to push outside your comfort zone to get it.  I did, and now that little Post-It note is framed, hanging in my living room, right where I imagined, long ago, it would be.  You don’t believe me?
Fear Less.  Love More.  Dream Big.

Birds by Audubon, Small Burrowing Mammal by Bogusky

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