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Plug-In Hybrid, Turbo-diesel Motorbikes Coming Soon

The all-electric The Enertia's range is about 45 miles, longer than the average U.S. round-trip commute of 29 miles, and the six-cell lithium-phosphate battery pack supplied by Valence Technology can be fully recharged in three hours.

Published: 19-Jul-2007

Motorcycle News reported this week that the German firm Neander’s turbo diesel-powered ‘naked’ motorcycle is to go into production later this summer, after pre-production models are built for a launch in August, while the U.S. builder of the Ariel Atom car is planning to launch the world’s first plug-in hybrid production bike.

Prices for the Neander diesel bike are not available yet, but the machine, developed with Munich University of Applied Sciences among other partners, features a 1.4-litre, 100 bhp twin-cylinder air- and oil-cooled turbo diesel with a dual overhead camshaft and dual counter-rotating crankshaft. The bike is expected to accelerate from 0-62 mph in about 4 seconds.

Meanwhile in the U.S. the world's first plug-in hybrid commuter motorcycle, called the Enertia, will be available next year, according to its Oregon-based manufacturer Brammo Motorsports. The Enertia is the first in a new series of electric commuter, commercial, and recreational vehicles from Brammo Motorsports, which also makes Britain’s Ariel Atom roadster for U.S. buyers.

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