“Brammo reveals pricing for Empulse electric motorcycles”
Both Empulse models employ a 10.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, 6-speed gearbox, and a permanent magnet AC motor generating 40 kW (54 hp) @ 8,200 rpm and maximum torque of 63 Nm. This translates to a 100 mph (160 km/h) top speed and 100 mile (160 km) range, or more specifically, an estimated city range of 121 miles (195 km) and an estimated highway range of 56 miles (90 km). Charging time is 8 hours, although a fast charging option will reduce this to 3.5 hours and Brammo estimates that (based on 13 cents / kWh for electricity) the cost of getting around town is just one cent per mile while highway jaunt will cost you two cents per mile.
Considering that most people who commute work alone are occupying a vehicle that can accommodate 4 or 5 passengers, the price per mile of this motorcycle is worth mentioning.
Statistically, only a small number of the population ride motorcycles as a lifestyle choice but, just for comparison, a Dodge Ram which averages about 11 mpg has a price per mile cost of $0.27 whereas a gas-thrifty Toyota Corolla with a 29 mpg rating has a price per mile cost of $0.10.
The Brammo motorcycles mentioned in the article cost as much as a small car and certainly don’t offer some of the amenities typically found in a small car (i.e. safety, shelter from the elements) but I do like that the company is bringing a renewable energy option to the table most people probably wouldn’t have considered for commuting short distances.
And as this company, and others like it, can mass-produce their vehicles, the price will only come down with the introduction of competition benefiting the consumer in the short- and long-term and the environment in the longer term.