Brammo Reveals New Details for Empulse and Empulse R Electric Sport Bikes

ASHLAND, OR – April 18, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Brammo, Inc., the designer and manufacturer of world leading electric motorcycles today announced details of its much anticipated Empulse and Empulse R electric sport bikes.

Both models utilize the world’s first drivetrain that has been designed and built for a production electric motorcycle. It features a water-cooled permanent magnet AC motor, IET 6 speed gearbox and Brammo’s unique BPM 15/90 battery modules. This drivetrain package endows the Empulse and Empulse R with rapid off-the-line acceleration, sustained high speed and industry-leading range.

Unique for a production electric motorcycle, both Empulse models also have J1772 Level II on-board charging system, allowing riders to easily take advantage of the growing number of charging stations being installed in cities around the world. The Empulse and Empulse R can be totally recharged in just 3.5 hours and every 10 minutes of casual charging adds 5 miles of range. With a little planning, a day’s journey of 200 miles or more can now be achieved.

Craig Bramscher, Founder and CEO of Brammo, stated, “The Empulse and Empulse R are a milestone for Brammo and the new electric benchmark for the motorcycling industry. I know when I reveal the bikes on May 8th people are going to be blown away by the integrity of the design and the focused presence this motorcycle commands.” Bramscher continues, “When we first revealed the Empulse prototype, our customers had some very clear feedback for us and that feedback has inspired much of what you will see in the production version.”

Brammo will be revealing the Empulse and Empulse R in Los Angeles on May 8th, 2012. The launch event will be webcast live to all pre-order customers. Those viewers will not only get to see the new bikes, they will get to hear what it’s like to ride one, straight from the mouths of Brammo’s development riders, two of which happen to be well-known motorcycle racers. Electric motorcycle racing is an integral part of Brammo’s mission, and its experience and championship record on the track has played a critical role in the evolution of the Empulse from concept to production. Professional racers have had a hand in the development process and they will be sharing their riding experiences and impressions at the reveal on May 8th.

A video interview with Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher will be released on Thursday, April 19th 2012 – http://www.brammo.com/video-ceo

About Brammo

Brammo, Inc., is a leading electric vehicle technology company headquartered in North America. Brammo designs and develops electric vehicles including the Encite, Enertia, Empulse and Engage motorcycles. Brammo is the current TTXGP eGrandPrix  champion of North America. Brammo is an OEM supplier of its innovative Brammo Digital Drivetrain systems including the Brammo Power battery pack and Brammo Power vehicle management system. Brammo has vehicle distribution and marketing operations in North America, Europe and Asia. To learn more, visit www.Brammo.com  

The following are trademarks of Brammo, Inc. in the United States or other countries or both; Brammo®, Enertia®, Empulse®, Empulse R®, Engage®, Encite®, Brammo Digital Drivetrain®, Brammo Power®, the Brammo logo and bulls head graphical device.

2012 Brammo Empulse R Specifications
Drivetrain
Motor Type  Permanent Magnet AC (PMAC) – Water Cooled
Motor Controller Sevcon Gen 4
Peak Motor Power  40kW,  @  8,200 rpm (54 hp)
Peak Torque  63Nm  (46.5 foot pounds)
Final Drive  Direct Chain Drive (14/48) 520 O-ring chain
Transmission IET 6 speed gearbox with multi-plate, hydraulic activated wet clutch
Emissions  None
Battery
Battery Type  Brammo Power™ BPM15/90 Lithium-Ion ( NCM Chemistry)
Battery Pack Capacity  9.31 kWh (nominal), 10.2 kWh (max)
Battery Pack Voltage  103.6 V (nominal)
Recharge J1772 Level I maximum charging time:   8 Hours. (0 – 99% SOC, no cell imbalances)
Level I and II Level II maximum charging time:  3.5 Hours.  (0 – 99% SOC, no cell imbalances)
110V AC to J1772 Level 1 Adapter included Every 10 minutes of Level II charging adds up to 5 miles of range
Battery Cycle Life  1,500 cycles to 80% capacity (100% DOD)
Performance
Max Speed  100 + mph   (160 + km/h)
Driving Range  City: 121 miles*   (195 km)
Highway: 56 miles**    (90 km)
Combined: 77 miles***  (124 km)
*SAE City Riding Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles (variable speed, 19 mph / 30km/h average)
**SAE Highway / Constant Speed Riding Range Test Procedure for Electric Motorcycles (70 mph / 113 km/h  sustained)
*** SAE Highway Commuting Cycle (.5 City weighting, .5 Highway weighting)
Operating Modes 2 Operating Modes selectable through the handlebar switch:
1. “Normal” – limits acceleration by reducing maximum current delivered to the motor through the motor controller in order to maximize driving range.
2. “Sport” – provides maximum performance in both acceleration and top speed.
Regenerative Braking Under deceleration, energy is returned to the battery system to both extend driving range and provide familiar rider feedback.
Operating Cost Assuming 13 cents /kWh for electricity:
1 cent per mile around town
2 cents per mile on the highway
Approximately 400 miles for every $4.00 of electricity (city)
Data Collection Brammo DDC™ (Dynamic Data Collection) records key motorcycle parameters at 1Hz (1 sample/second) for analysis and service support.
Chassis
Frame  Brammo E-Beam™ Aluminum, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Suspension / Front Fully Adjustable 43mm Marzocchi Forks
Suspension / Rear Fully Adjustable Sachs Shock
Triple Clamps Forged Aluminum
Swing Arm Tubular Steel, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Sub Frame Tubular Steel, Fabricated by Accossato in Italy
Brakes / Front Dual 310mm Brembo floating disk with twin four piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Calipers, Radial Mount.
Brakes / Rear Brembo single disk with dual piston Hydraulic Brembo Brake Caliper
WheelsFront / Rear 17″x 3.5″ Marchesini / 17″ x 5.5″ Marchesini
TiresFront / Rear 120/70-17 AVON AV79 / 180/55-17 AVON AV80
Instrumentation  LCD display; speed, tach, odometer, gear position, energy consumption, battery status, estimated range and system status
Dimensions
Wheelbase  58.0″    147.32 cm
Seat Height  31.5″     80.0 cm
Width 31.8″ (bar end-to-bar end)     80.77 cm
Height 42.6″ (highest portion of the dash)    108.2 cm
Length 81.3″   206.5 cm
Ground Clearance 7.3″     18.54 cm
Rake / Trail 24 degrees / 3.8″
Storage Capacity  Optional Brammo hard saddle bags and top trunk.
Fuel Economy 485 mpg-e      206 km/L-e
Vehicle Weight  440lbs. / 200kg
Carrying Capacity Cargo Capacity   365 lbs. / 165.6 kg
(805 lbs. / 365.1 kg total combined motorcycle, rider, passenger and cargo)
Warranty
2 Years (Limited Factory Warranty) 1 year Fender-to-Fender Limited Warranty, 2 year Limited  Powertrain Warranty (Batteries and Motor)
Colors True Blood Red, Eclipsed Black, White Noise
All specifications subject to change without notice.

 

SOURCE: Brammo, Inc.

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