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Brammo Launches First Production Battery-Electric Motorcycle; Uses Valence Li-Ion Batteries

The Li-ion Enertia. Click to enlarge.

Brammo Motorsports announced the Enertia, the world’s first production zero-emissions battery-powered plug-in electric motorcycle. 

The chassis integrates six Valence lithium-phosphate batteries in a 3.1 kWh battery pack that powers a permanent magnet DC pancake motor to drive the Enertia to a top speed of more than 50 mph (80 kph). The range of the Enertia is 45 miles (72.4 km), and it requires 3 hours to fully recharge.

Brammo chose Valence for three primary reasons, according to Chairman and CEO Craig Bramscher:

  • Safest available batteries for a motorcycle;

  • Best packaging and integration; and

  • Best availability for mass production in the near term.

Bramscher also noted that “We are always looking at all of the battery/companies, but Valence is clearly our best match right now.

At its quickest setting, the Enertia accelerates from 0 to 30 mph (48 kph) in 3.8 seconds.

Borrowing from racing technology, the Enertia utilizes a carbon fiber chassis producing an ultra-strong, light-weight vehicle platform of just 275 lbs.

We believe consumers are eager to adopt vehicles that have a fraction of the carbon footprint of a today’s cars. Our Enertia electric motorcycle empowers people to make this choice today.

—Craig Bramscher

Brammo has begun taking orders in the US for a limited production model featuring hand-built carbon-fiber chassis and bodywork. Shipping date is 1Q 2008. The standard edition goes for $11,995 and is expected in 3Q 2008.

Brammo’s Enertia is the first of a line of plug-in electric commuter, commercial and recreational vehicles under development.



anti gravity

sweet, once the price drops below 10K i will get one for sure


A very very cool design. I really like the minimalist approach. Keep it simple and light and good looking. This bike should sell like crazy. I want one now.

The cost at 12 grand may sound like a lot till you look at it closer. The neighbors SUV cost 4 times that much.

My own electric bike started with a used and abused Ninja chassis and lead acid batteries and it still cost me 4 grand to build it. See for details.

I would buy an Enertia, way before I would buy a Vectrix


In California, a good advantage of a bike is to pass around freeway tieups during commuting. But, the bike has to do freeway speed. Never the less, this is somewhat of an improvement and a good start.

Don A

I can't imagine why anyone would prefer this over the Vectrix! This thing looks like an oversized bicycle frame with a very uncomfortable seat. The Vectrix costs less, goes faster, farther on a charge and looks like a luxury vehicle compared to this.


I agree with the previous poster: this bike is a ugly machine that has less performance and cost more then already gas sipping (gas sipping in comparison to a car) ICE motorcycles. At least the vetrix people got a good look.


Actually the Vectrix ($14,000) costs a bit more than the regular enertia ($12,000). I do think the Vectrix probably more practical (storage space and room for a passenger). This bike has a better battery pack (lighter) and the larger wheels should give a nicer ride on rough roads. I'm sure a ride on this bike will be pretty fun too, with such a good weight to power rating. I hope they both do well. I'd like to see lots of competition in this area. Personally, I'd like a Venture1 (it rains a lot here).

Don A

Actually the Vectrix is $11,000 here in the US. I expect to receive mine this week. Although the Vectrix is heavier it is quicker at 0 – 31 in 3.6 sec. with a 62 mph top speed.


"the Enertia utilizes a carbon fiber chassis..."

"We believe consumers are eager to adopt vehicles that have a fraction of the carbon footprint of a today’s cars."

Yes but what about the lithium, phosphate and silicon footprint in these machines?? Trading one polluting element for another?

hampden wireless

You wrote:
"Yes but what about the lithium, phosphate and silicon footprint in these machines?? Trading one polluting element for another?"

That is trading one large footprint for a tiny paw print.

Its a little pricey for a bike of its performance. The 50mph limit is a real deal killer and does not seem necessary for an electric bike. It should be able to go 60mph faster with an appropriate reduction in range.


Don: My wife was interested in getting a vectrix (LOL, she's doesn't want a frankinstein bike like mine). Let me know how yours works out.

My version photoshopped
The seat color is wrong, the engine plate cover doesnt match the rest of the silver, the light could be replace with something more modern like small bright twins, the reflectors are from a Tonka truck and could easily be replaced with little lightning and electric words made from reflective material, the rear section is tacky, overall they should have spent some money on a designer to finish it up and make it look more desireable.
I like the use of lithiums and larger wheels than the Vecrix and also I think its wrong to support NiMH technology. Just my opinion and I touched up the pick to what Id be looking at if I was going to buy one. Brammo please note that Chinese looking design is not going to increase your sales. Good luck.


Konfliked - Yes but what about the lithium, phosphate and silicon footprint in these machines?? Trading one polluting element for another?

uhhh, don't you think to claim that its wrong to replace highly polluting gasoline with next to none polluting lithium phosphate (only minor emission during one-time production) - is uh, stupid?


I think this is good news regardless if the batteries are lithium or NiMH. I could easily see me riding one of these on my daily commute of 25 miles (roundtrip, no roads above 45mph)

This bike (with lithium batteries 3.1 kW hr) weighs 275lbs while the Vectrix weighs 462lbs (3.7 kW hr NiMh). I am surprised that the range and top speed on the Enertia does not at least match the Vectrix.


Was said
"This bike (with lithium batteries 3.1 kW hr) weighs 275lbs while the Vectrix weighs 462lbs
(3.7 kW hr NiMh). I am surprised that the range and top speed on the Enertia
does not at least match the Vectrix. "

Maybe some companies are more realistic in the test process than others.

My own electric motorcycle has a pack of 6.1 kW hr Lead acid batteries and it weighs 525 pounds. I use about 135 watts per mile. See for details.

In real world stop and go traffic I have driven this bike 45 miles and it was still going, but it was slow on the hills at the end.

I really hope that both of these companies sell thousands of bikes. However I would like to see both of them ride side by side on the same road and see which one goes the greater distance on a singe charge. :)


Tour de France could use some full featured, fast, long range and quick to charge electric motorbikes. That would mean less noise and no annoying emissions for the riders of the tour. This motorbike is not it but maybe their next model will be.


With real world motorcycles regularly approaching 100 mpg, with far better range and top speeds, I guess I have trouble seeing the need for a slow, short range electric motorcycle at this time. Maybe when gas passes $20 a gallon or something... My bike has a 2.5 gallon tank so it still costs less than $10 to fill it at the pump. In light of that I couldn't contemplate spending 12 grand on a slow, limited range experiment. Push it to a top speed of 70 mph and a range of several hundred miles and then get back to me.


I know the Vectrix has regenerative breaking. I don't see anything about regen on the Enertia. That could account for the range discrepancy in addition to the test cycle and other factors (such as weight of the rider).


I thought ICE motorcycles had no pollution control, so they pollute more than a car does. And the big bikes like the harleys only get around 50 mpg. Not saying that's terrible, since there are so many fewer motorcycles, just something to consider. I think it'll be a couple years before they get something marketable. Would be good for non freeway commuting.


actually....the Valence lithium batteries have been approved by the State of California to be thrown away in a landfill. They are really GREEN.


I love the modularity and characteristics of the Valence batteries ... I just wish they weren't so flippin expensive.


So how much will a production version of the Killacycle go for. ;)


So how much would a Lithium batter pack 3.7 kWH cost?


From Valence? Last I checked it was about 1K for each 12V 40ah pack ... so ... 6K.


KJD: You're using the full sized L-A batts aren't you? Just think what a set of firefly batts would do for your performance. vrooom! (but silent)


I understand that Valence lithium-phosphate is missing the nano electrodes of A123 batteries. That is why Valence is short on power. Also, I understand the new A123 battery has higher energy capacity than the Valence, and is about 3 times the energy density of NiMH.

What I don't understand is why Brammo did not go through the trouble of using A123. Hymotion uses them and packaging/control is not an issue. Brammo has delivered something that is already obsolete.

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