Brammo Empulse, Empulse R Electric Motorcycles Coming May 8

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to repost this article courtesy of Green Car Reports. Author credit goes to Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield.

Over the past few years, while we’ve seen a slow and steady increase in the number of electric cars available on the market, the electric motorcycle industry has positively exploded.

Primarily designed to satisfy the commuting needs of inner-city residents, most electric motorcycles and scooters are aimed at first-time riders, keen to benefit from scooter-like handling and stylish good looks, qualities you’d not associate with a traditional gasoline motorcycle.

image via Brammo

Now Oregon-based Brammo Motorcycles is promising to make electric motorcycles more appealing to mainstream motorcyclists with the 2012 Empulse and Empulse R, two sports bikes it says will be in a class of its own.

Due to be officially unveiled in Los Angeles on May 8, the 2012 Brammo Empulse and Brammo Empluse R are both based on the 6-geared Brammo Empulseprototype we saw last year.

The first electric motorcycle firm to break away from single-speed transmission, Brammo claims the Italian-engineered IET 6-speed transmission gives the Empulse a faster acceleration time, higher top speed and longer range than would be possible without it.

Disappointingly, while Brammo is keen to tell us about the Brammo Empulse R’s 40 kilowatt peak, water-cooled AC motor, 10.2 kilowatt-hour battery pack and 3.5-hour Level 2 recharge time – not to mention the 6-speed transmission – it hasn’t listed either motorcycle’s 0-60 time yet.

But with 46.5 foot-pounds of instant torque from standstill combined with a decent set of gear rations, we think the 2012 Brammo Empulse and Empulse R should both post 0-60 times nearer to what you’d expect from a 500 cc motorcycle than a 125cc machine.

  • Jerry Hardin

    Where can I buy one?

    • Nobody

      I heard Best Buy will carry them.

      • Hopefully when the debut the bikes on May 8th we will know more.

  • islesfan

    First, will it cost less than a Chevy Suburban, and second, will it make it to the end of my driveway without recharging?  Otherwise, you’ll have another Chevy Volt on your hands.

    • Guest

      1. Cost less than a gas guzzling Ford Expedition? Oh yeah. Especially once you factor in all costs, or the Total Cost of Ownership. TCO for electric vehicles is far different than for gas ones especially considering gasoline price volatility. $100 tank fill up anyone? $5 for the week in electricity anyone?

      2. Range depends very much on how you operate it. This goes for *any* motorized vehicle. This is what the EPA has always said and backed it up with hard data.

      3. Electric vehicles are superior to gas ones in traffic. Instant torque from a standstill. A gas vehicle gets zero MPG while at a stop. For an electric this is a non issue.

      4. Will this replace a gas motorcycle for a 400 mile trip? No. On the other hand I’d like to see how many people ride over even 100 miles at a time on a motorcycle. And this bike will probably do 100 miles without too much worry.

      BTW, you get a Game Misconduct for the Volt comment. The Volt is a commuter car that can go on extended road trips if you want. And it’s being adopted at the same rate as the Prius was when it came out of the gate.