The electric motorcycle guys over at Thunderstruck Motors have come up with this AC Motard powered by a 48 volt AC motor. It’s geared for 60mph, has dual disc brakes with regenerative braking and a seat height of 36 inches. Price is $6200.
If you’ve watched any videos of electric motorcycles, you can see the performance possibilities of a high torque electric motor. Great acceleration, quick response and, except for the sound of the electric drive system, pretty quiet compared to the average internal combustion driven motorcycle. The problem, of course, is still vehicle range. Electric motors and batteries are advancing fast so it’s just a matter of time before the situation improves but, for now, these are short range vehicles.
Thunderstruck Motors has been drag racing electric vehicles of various sorts and they hold more NEDRA (National Electric Drag Racing Association) records than anyone. Their website has quite a few interesting electric powered vehicles, worth taking a look around.