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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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Differences between the Enertia and the Enertia Plus

This list of differences just dropped in, authored by BrammoBrian of the Brammo Owners Forum, a/k/a Brian Wismann, Brammo’s Director of Product Development.

The main differences between the Enertia “Basic” and the Enertia Plus are:

1. New Brammo Power battery providing roughly twice the range.  Yes, new chemistry.  There are now 2 large battery modules rather than the six smaller ones in the Enertia Basic.  The chemistry in the Enertia Basic 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.

2. New motor controller allows for greater configuration options and more robust communications with our VCU (vehicle control unit).  This change is mostly transparent to the customer, but may provide more room for growth into “sport” or “economy” driving maps in the future.

3. 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.  Bar position is roughly 1″ higher and 1″ back towards the rider which was judged to be more comfortable for all variety of rider sizes.

4. New cast aluminum headlamp brackets clean up the aesthetic of the front end AND make servicing to any of the parts in that assembly much easier (i.e. more room for tools).  They also reposition the dash closer to the triple clamp and change the angle slightly. The new brackets were also planned to accept accessories like the windscreen with a simple bolt-on kit.

5. New colors – Aluminium Silver, True Blood Red, Eclipsed Black, and Peacekeeping Blue.  The old colors will not be available on the Plus.   Black is greatly preferred based on pre-orders.

6. Upgraded motor – This is still in final validation testing.  The power level is the same, but the motor features greater efficiency which reduces the heat generated, allowing more performance to be pulled out of the bike before it reaches thermal cutback temperature where current delivery starts to be reduced.

7. Auto-start module integration – The bike now starts with the key switch and does not require the button press.  Button has been replaced with a nice stamped aluminum Brammo bull head badge.  The bike also charges when plugged in to AC power.  No special key position or steps required.   Fork does not need to be locked in order to charge.

8. New mirrors, new grips and bar ends.

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Brammo Newsletter Clues to Ponder

Brammo just released its latest newsletter, and it contains a couple passages to make you go, “hmmm.”

2011 Models

Brammo says this about its upcoming products:

A huge thank you to the many hundreds of customers who have pre-ordered Brammo motorcycles. As you know we are working to get our US and European assembly facilities up to speed while closing our series B round of financing here in the USA.

We expect to be contacting all those customers who pre-ordered motorcycles very shortly with news regarding production schedules. We truly appreciate your confidence in Brammo and your desire to own a thoroughbred Brammo motorcycle.

(emphasis added). It sounds as if news about the Empulse and the Enertia Plus is on the horizon.  Over on the Brammo Owners Forum, the speculation has been pretty crazy – kind of funny how people will take any random tweet or passage in a press release and run with it. Go figure.  Additionally, the “working to get our US and European assembly facilities up to speed” is a promising bit of news.  After the announcement of the partnership with Flextronics, we hadn’t heard much more than some rumors about one of the assembly facilities being located in Hungary.

The newsletter also promoted a partnership of sorts with a supplier of solar charging stations, Sun Storage:

Brammo Enertia soaking up the rays

Sun Storage is a renewable energy company based at the foot of the Wallowa Mountains in Northeastern Oregon. They are a recognized industry leader in solar photovoltaic frame and racking systems. Sun Storage creates complete solar solutions for owners of Brammo motorcycles. During daylight hours your solar array generates electricity and feeds it into the grid when demand is at its highest. Then overnight you can recharge your Enertia by drawing power from the grid when demand is relatively low. To learn more about Sun Storage and how you can make your Brammo motorcycle solar powered please visit Sun Storage.
To learn more about how you can Go Green with Brammo, please visitGo Green.

The thing I love about this is the possibility of true zero-emissions operation for your Enertia.  When people who scoff at the “zero-emissions” designation because “electricity comes from coal-fired power plants,” I always say, “but at least electric vehicles have the potential for zer0-emissions charging if you can channel your energy from solar or wind sources.  How great would it be to show them the picture, above, and say, “this is how I charge my bike.”

The newsletter also contained some news about financing:

We are very excited about the partnership between Brammo and netLoan funding. Brammo has teamed up with netLoan to offer financing on all available Brammo models and accessories to Brammo customers.

  • Get Pre-Approved For Credit Before You Shop
  • Money As Soon As The Next Business Day For Qualifying Credits
  • Available Loan Products Matched To Your Credit Profile
  • Simple On-Line Applications
  • Competitive Rates

The netLoan online application allows you to fill out a quick, easy funding profile that is used to instantly display all of the financing options available from one or more participating lenders.

Finally, a link to the Brammo Webstore rounded up the newsletter with promises of “Enertia and Enertia Plus parts and accessories.”

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Givi Bags, Graphics, and Some New Events for Brammo

We’ve seen the Givi Bags that Brammo has in its online store, but Brian Wismann has posted some pictures recently of some graphic wraps that will soon be available for those Brammo Enertia owners who wish to update the look of their side panels.

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These are pictures of the Enertia Plus — me want centerstand — which will be rolling into the hands of willing buyers any day now.  Actually, I have no idea when that will occur but there are many willing and vocal buyers over on the Brammo Owners Forum who want that day to be sooner, rather than later.

Coming Events

Brammo updated its Events Calendar and for those in the Portland area (or anyone else willing to travel to Portlandia) it will be the last weekend of January. Here are the events on the way:

April 12th-14th 2011 The 3rd EV Battery Forum (Barcelona, Spain) The European leg of the 3rd EV Battery Forum features 60 different speakers.
(Washington D.C.) The Electric Drive Transportation Association – EDTA 2011 Conference & Annual Meeting will be held during Earth Week
Sept/Oct 30th-1st / 7th-8th 6th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference
November 2011 EICMA 2011 EICMA show in Milan featured
November 2011 Hong Kong Motorcycle Show

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Top Ten Brammo Stories of the Year

Time to count ’em down, folks.  These are, in my fair and balanced opinion, the top ten Brammo stories of 2010, in reverse order, of course:

10.  Brammo Enertia wins the Edison award for “Best New Product: Transportation.”

9.  Ali Afshar and ESX Motorsports starts showing off the Brammo Enertia at Malibu’s “Rock Store,” Bob’s Big Boy, and the Power Rangers convention. Ali – ESX, weekly rides and Power Rangers.

8.  Brammo branches out of the Best Buy marketplace, looking for dealers, and finding at least one: Hollywood Electrics. See:  Dealership development director solicitation and the Hollywood Electrics story.  (There would have been at least an Honorable Mention for the Brammo Enertia Appears on BestBuy.com story, but for the unfortunate attempted buying experience story).

7.  The Hong Kong Police test a fleet of Brammo Enertias.

6. Main stream media cover Brammo and some even call it the “Best Electric Motorcycle of 2010.” See, also, Cycle World review, Popular Mechanics , Entrepreneur, National Geographic (not on the site, yet), CNBC Power Lunch – one of the best products of 2010, and too many more to list here.

5.  Jackie Chan and his company, JCAM, team with Brammo to introduce the motorcycles to Asia and to an upcoming Jackie Chan movie. And, basically, the world gets to see the Brammo bikes at EICMA in Milan and at the Hong Kong Motorcycle show.

4.  Brammo announces the partnership with Flextronics to produce electric motorcycles around the world.

3.  Brammo Empulse RR Racebike revealed and prepares for 2011 season.

2.  Brammo unveils the Brammo Enertia Plus with Double the range.

And finally, the top story in my opinion, of 2010:

1.  Brammo announces the Empulse – 100 mph, 100 mile range, naked streetfighter.

Some honorable mentions:

Brammofan wins Brammo Evangelist of the Year and of course Enertia Day, Kansas City.

Skadamo and I open the doors of the Brammo Owners Forum.

Voyage of Rob Novey, and the (hopefully) soon-to-be-published book of Zen and the Art of Electric Motorcycle Maintenance.

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It looks like I’m not the only one putting together a list of the great year Brammo has had.  Click here to see their 2010 Christmas Card with a slide show that includes many of the stories, above.

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Car Talk wants a Brammo Enertia Plus

Fans of Car Talk on National Public Radio will need no introduction to this clip, but thanks to David Herron at the V is for Voltage Forum, here’s the proper intro for those of you who are unfamiliar:

An interesting sign of the times — I’m listening to Car Talk (a call-in program on National Public Radio where people call in with questions about their cars — I don’t understand why I, as an EV lover, listens to that show but it’s a fun experience) … for their weekly puzzler they always give several ways to send in answers like on a postcard or written on the back of something like a fancy schmancy gas grill.

This week, however, they suggested, “so if you think you know the answer, write it on a Brammo Enertia Plus electric motorcycle….”

Here’s a link to the excerpt where they mention the Brammo “EEEnertia Plus…”

Thanks again to David Herron for catching this.  Herron also writes for examiner.com as the “Green Transportation Examiner.”

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Brammo Slideshow from EICMA 2010

Graphic on the Brammo Booth at EICMA

Enjoy this slideshow of the various pictures posted by Brammo folks of what’s going on around their booth at EICMA. I plan to update this album all week long, so keep watching.

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