By Andrew Liszewski
It’s great news that the Chevy Volt is officially going into production with a late 2010 release, but for some eco-minded commuters, even an electric car is overkill. So if you’re looking for a quick way to get around a crowded city with limited parking, an electric motorcycle might be a better alternative. The Enertia from Brammo uses a high output permanent magnet DC motor that’s powered by 6 valence lithium iron phosphate battery modules. It has a top speed of over 50 mph, and has a range of about 35-45 miles on a 3 hour charge.
The body is made from an ultra light and extremely stiff carbon fiber monocoque chassis, which also serves as the storage compartment for the battery modules. And since the Enertia is designed to be driven by just about anyone, it features a simple, single speed direct chain drive which should keep maintenance down, and doesn’t require you to be a ‘gearhead’ to keep it running. The Enertia motorcycles are expected to start shipping in the 2nd half of 2008 with the cheapest model coming in at $11,995. And you can reserve one now on the Brammo website with no deposit.