PHOTO CAPTION: Carlin Dunne on record-setting practice run aboard Lightning Motorcycle.

Electric Motorcycles Rising!

Chris Meehan catalogs the recent list of electric motorcycle successes from climbing Pikes Peak faster than any gas bike in history to crossing USA in 3.5 days.

Published: 23-Jun-2013

Electric motorcycles are taking on some impressive challenges these days. A Moto-Electra Racing all-electric motorcycle just crossed the U.S. in 3.5 days. Motorcycles from Zero Motorcycles are set to take on an ambitious challenge when they tackle the Pikes Peak on June 30, ascending the 14,110-foot tall mountain’s steep. Racers will compete in the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb’s first electric motorcycles division. Meanwhile the solar-powered Lightning Motorcycles SuperBike may take the overall record for the challenge home this year.

Electric motorcycles isn't gaining the attention that Tesla Motors’s Model S, or Nissan’s Leaf are gaining in the media, but maybe they should. After all, these vehicles can be monsters. For instance, the Lightning SuperBike has hit speeds as high as 218.6 miles an hour at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and it’s a production vehicle!

More recently (June 13) the SuperBike bested all gas-powered bikes in practice runs on Pikes Peak, according to TTXGP, The eGrandPrix. The Lightning SuperBike was ridden by Carlin Dunne, who holds the Pikes Peak Challenge’s all-time record and is a two-time champion of the race—on gas-powered motorcycles. This time Dunne chose to ride the electric motorcycle over a gas-powered one in an attempt to seek a third consecutive victory.


Speculation is that Lightning GT electric sports car could cost $230,000.

The Lightning GT will do the 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds, with a recommended top speed of 200 km/h, 160 MPH; range is expected to average 150 miles.

Lightning Motorcycles has been winning all-electric races in USA.

The street Lightning will be built to order from top to bottom to your heart’s content.

Starting price for consumer-level Barracuda-Lightning Superbikes is $38,000. picks the Barracuda-Lightning superbike, which now is available for order starting at $38,000.


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