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Brammo Doubles The Range On Its All-Electric Enertia Bike

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On: Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 3:00PM | By: Chris Weiss

Brammo Doubles The Range On Its All-Electric Enertia Bike

Brammo is an Ashland, Oregon-based manufacturer that has been raising the bar for electric bikes. The company's Empulse electric bike, which was introduced this past summer, is capable of speeds up to 100 mph and a range of up to 100 miles. It looks like a respectably muscular motorcycle, too. Suddenly electric bikes are looking better than ever.

For those who don't need speeds of 100 mph and would rather save a little money, Brammo just introduced the Enertia Plus. An upgrade to its regular Enertia bike, the model doubles the electric range from 40 to 80 miles.

The Enertia Plus shares the Empulse's 6 kWh lithium-ion battery with Brammo Power technology. The lithium-ion battery technology is what allows the added range.The electric bike includes a universal onboard charging station that lets you power up at any outlet.

In addition to its doubled-up range, the AC motor in the Enertia Plus provides more than 30 lb-ft from the minute you sit down and speeds its way up to 60 mph. The updated bike also features tighter turning than the standard Enertia.

Looks-wise, the Enertia Plus doesn't have the powerful demeanor of the Empulse and looks a little more scooterish. But when it comes to daily commuting, you don't really need an intimidating hog to get the job done.

The Enertia Plus is available for pre-order now, with deliveries set to commence next year. It's priced just a $1,000 over the standard Enertia at $8,995 and weighs in at the same 324 lbs. To make an upgrade a little more feasible for existing Brammo owners, the company is offering a $2,500 "Customer Loyalty Rebate."

Brian Wismann, director of product development said of the R&D process: "It's truly been an amazing experience to watch the Enertia's capabilities as a motorcycle grow in step with the latest developments in EV technology. As with every Brammo product, the Enertia Plus represents the best of what we know. When we started the Enertia development, I never would have believed such a huge leap in range was possible in such a short period of time."

Indeed, Brammo's technology has been creating some buzz and excitement in the world of electric bikes. The Empulse, which was announced in July, comes in 6, 8 and 10 kWh models, which offer 60-, 80- and 100-mile ranges respectively. Prices on that bike range from $9,995 to $13,995.


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