Electric Motorcyles to Hit the Road

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After our report last week about a possible peak for lithium, news about electric vehicles might not excite most readers. But this year’s increased interest in electric motorcycles means these fuel-efficient, lightweight metal machines could someday hit the market in growing numbers. Catering to motorcycle fanatics looking to “fly,” Mission Motors revealed an electric motorcycle this week at the TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Mission Motors touts their sleek Mission One motorcycle, designed by Yves Behar, as “world’s fastest production all-electric motorcycle.” Complete with a high-energy lithium-ion battery pack, the Mission One electric motorcycle produces no tailpipe emissions: a great step for motorcycle fanatics looking to “green” their rides. “While Hogs roar and Ninja scream,” Forbes explains in a recent article, “the Mission One just flies.” And although we wouldn’t suggest pushing the speed limit, the motorcycle soars at 150 miles per hour.

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“As a motorcycle enthusiast and engineer I knew I could combine my passion for motorcycles with my passion for innovation and create a motorcycle that truly sets a new standard in the perception of electric vehicles,” Forrest North, the founder and CEO of Mission Motors, said in a company press release.
Credit: Mission Motors/TreeHugger.

Founded in 2007, Mission Motors was created months after North left an electric car company, the currently struggling Tesla Motors. Since bikes are less complex than cars, North expects a smooth ride for the company, without the difficulties Tesla has faced. “Motorcycles are about elegance and purity of performance,” founder and CEO Forrest North told Forbes. “You don’t have a lot of extra bells and whistles, and the ones you want, like the ability to tune it and traction control, are easily controlled in an electric bike through software.”

–Amy Edwards

Comment (1)

  1. Nate Burgos says:

    Check out Designer Yves Behar’s TED Talk at:

    http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/yves_behar_on_designing_objects_that_tell_stories.html

    He digs up his creative roots to discuss some of the iconic objects he’s created (the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset). Then he turns to the witty, surprising, elegant objects he’s working on now — including the Ëœ$100 laptop.’

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