Plug it In: Enertia motorcycle is all electric

By Mike Mello
07.16.2007
I was simply checking email when the Enertia electric motorcycle featured at MSN Autos really caught my eye. Have you seen this bike? It has a great classic look but you won’t confuse it for a gasoline motorcycle. The single, circular headlight, brown-colored saddle, spoked wheels and carbon fork work together for a classic feel while the batteries are housed in a svelte enclosure where a traditional bike manufacturer would mount the engine.

Brammo Motorsports is building and taking orders for the Enertia now, of which two models will be available in 2008. The chassis is constructed of carbon fiber and the bike will travel about 45-50 miles before you’ll need to plug it into your household electrical outlet to recharge.
Just one thing – what about loud pipes saving lives? This expression refers to how car drivers might hear a gasoline motorcycle’s exhaust sound when the rider accelerates or cracks the throttle. Often times, you might be driving along and actually hear a motorcycle before you see it.
Just as the horses which pulled carriages had to get used to sharing the road with noisy, stinky automobiles which invaded their avenues, today’s motorists will have to get used to the near-silence of electric vehicles.
For a motorcycle rider’s perspective, see Paul Seredynski’s story about riding the Enertia at MSN Autos, (same link as above) where you’ll find video too.
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Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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4 Comments

  1. This is very interesting, but I am curious about rain-worthiness and resistance to damp. Particularly as it gets older and seals around the battery loosen.

  2. Boy, would I love if all motorcycles were electric powered. I have no idea how the emission laws apply to motorcycles, but 9 out of 10 times, when I’m on the road and catch a whiff of unburned hydrocarbons, a motorcycle in front of me is the culprit. I’d also like to know how some Harley guys get away with the kind of noise their bikes make, while cars all have drive-by noise restrictions to abide by.

  3. 69firebird, good question about the loud pipes – maybe it’s related to the patented(?) Harley sound…don’t some of their factory pipes make that kind of sound right out of the box, thus avoiding any kind of aftermarket complexities. I don’t really know, myself.

    michael s., I plan on asking Brammo a couple more questions and will write again with updates if available.

  4. Talk about the ultimate commuter vehicle, this is a great idea for someone who only has to go a couple of miles each way. Especially if parking is hard to come by wherever you work. If, of ocurse, you don’t mind being on a motorcylce, which I do. Too vulnerable to the rest of traffic.

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