Brammo Empulse Electric Motorcycles pricing announced
They come with a 10.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, all-time magnet AC motor that can generate 54 HP (40 kW) at 8,200 RPM, 63 Nm of torque and 6-speed gearbox. They can reach city ranges of around 121 miles (195 km) and highway ranges of 56 miles (90 km). It’ll take 8 hours to fully charge any of them, in case one doesn’t purchase the 3.5 hour fast charging option.
At a price of 13 cents per kWh of electricity, Brammo state that it’ll cost only around 1 cent per mile to go through the town, whilst driving on the highway would get closer to 2 cents / mile. There’s also a strong competitor in sight, the 2012 Zero S, boasting the same range as the Empulse, but a lower top speed, of just 142 km/h (88 mph). These facts make it obvious that the Empulse is the most efficient electric bike of today.
Now, you’re probably wondering why Empulse and Empulse R. It’s pretty plain and simple – the main difference between them is that the regular Empulse sports semi adjustable front and rear suspension, encased in a plastic body work, while the Empulse R includes front and rear fenders, top panel, rear light housing and a carbon fiber headlight shroud.
There’s also the difference in price between the two, the Empulse R costing $18,995 and the Empulse a cheaper $16,995. The production reportedly starts with the Empulse R, with a limited availability in June 2012, and in volume by the third quarter of 2012, while the regular Empulse will meet the market during the start of 2013.