Electric Motorcycle Race Hits Nearly 150 MPH

Michael Rutter and his Segway MotoCzysz electric motorcycle almost completed the historic goal of averaging 100 miles per hour on the almost 38 mile racing circuit at the Isle of Man’s SES TT Zero Race on June 9th of this year.

Although Rutter won the race, and beat the track record his teammate Mark Miller set a year ago, the 99.64 mile per hour lap average was just under the 100 mile per hour mark that would have garnered a $16,000+ prize from the Isle of Man government, which said it will award to the first electric bike team to achieve such a feat.

image via MotoCzysz

Nine different teams competed in this year’s zero emission race, including one sponsored by MIT, and three were able to hit average speeds over 95 miles per hour. Rutter was clocked at a top speed of 149.5 miles per hour, but stated he thought the electric vehicle could have gone faster if he hadn’t been concerned with conserving power. Not too long ago, we reported that the world’s fastest electric motorcycle can top 190 miles per hour.

Although the Segway sponsored MotoCzysz’s specifications were not listed, they are most improved over the company’s 2010 E1pc model, that features 12.5 kilowatt-hour battery system and a 125 horsepower, brushless DC electric motor. The manufacturer, headquartered in Portland, Oregon like EarthTechling, has plans to release a new version of the E1pc sometime this year with an upgraded battery system from Dow Kokam. We’re anxious to see the new bike, and hopefully we’ll have details to share soon.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.