All Battery Bike Beats Out All Comers, Even the Gasoline Machines:
Two Time Climb Winner on a Ducati Wins Again This Year on e-Bike
A battery electric motorcycle won the prestigious Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, beating out all of the conventional fuel bikes in the field. The Lightning Electric Superbike was ridden by Carlin Dunne, who had won the previous two races on a gasoline-fueled Ducati Multistrada 1200.
“This is a historic moment in the transportation world,” says Art Haynie, marketing director at San Carlos, Calif.-based Lightning Motorcycle.
“We beat Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, you name it,” he says.
The Lightning Superbike was the fastest of 82 motorcycles entered in the climb, “and beat all but the eight fastest cars.” And, the company notes, the Superbike’s lithium ion batteries (by EnerDel) were charged with solar energy.
Lightning makes its own drivetrains, including controller and motor, says founder and CEO Richard Hatfield. “Hairpin” stators are supplied by Remy, and the motor has a patented oil-cooling system. “We run about 550 amps and 400 volts,” Hatfield says. The Lightning drive produces approximately 200 horsepower “at the wheel.”
‘Not Just Because They Are Green’
“The win at Pikes Peak shows that superior, world-class performance can be achieved today with clean technologies,” Hatfield said in a release.
“We love the idea of utilizing the racing platform to push the limits of technology while building a foundation for future industries, ” he said.
“We hope this milestone will encourage our colleagues, competitors and other companies in the clean tech industry to develop their products so that consumers will choose them because they are the best in class, and not just because they are green.”
Availability? “We’re in our first production run now,” Hatfield told F&F.
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Source: Lightning Motorcycle with Fleets & Fuels follow-up