There are more than a dozen electric motorcycle manufacturers worldwide. Some of these manufacturers build custom racing machines while others build production racers and regular street bikes available to the public for less than $10,000. The federal government encourages the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs) by granting an environmental tax credit of 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $2,500. Many states offer similar tax rebates.
The KillaCycle is billed as the quickest racing motorcycle on Earth. On September 30, 2009 at the Bandimere Speedway in Colorado, this racer completed the 1/4 mile in 7.864 seconds, attaining a speed of 169 mph. KillaCycle is the creation of Bill Dube, who is completing tests on a new racer, KillaCycle II, which is reported to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2 seconds.
Lightning Superbike Prototype
California based Lightning Motorcycles is the creation of Richard Hatfield, who along with fellow engineers, built a racing prototype. In August, 2010 this speedster competed in the second TTXGP Zero Emissions motorcycle race in Virginia and came away as the North American champ. Two weeks later, it set the electric motorcycle land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats by completing the two-way measured mile run at an average speed of 173 mph.
The record for the second fastest production motorcycle belongs to Mission One. At the Bonneville Speedway on September 1, 2009 it averaged 150.059 mph going both ways on the one-mile run. This street legal racer is the result of the combined efforts of San Francisco-based Mission Motors co-founders Forrest North and Edward West, along with the vice-president of engineering. Mason Cabot.
Electric Motorsport‘s Native GPR-S is a practical cycle styled on the well accepted universal Japanese motorcycle (UJM) design. In early 2010, this machine could be purchased for $8500, making it one of the least expensive production electric street bikes currently for sale. Electric Motorsport started in 2001 by producing and selling electric scooters. It began marketing the GPR-S in October 2008.
Walter Roehrich of Gurnee, Illinois, formed Roehr Motorcycles, LLC., in 2008 and today produces both gas and electric bikes. The eSuperSport is an entry level model that develops 48 hp and 8000 rpm capability, weighs 395 lbs and carries a price tag of $16,965. The eSuperbike is a high performance, street legal sport motorcycle that sells for $27,595 and weighs 500 lbs. The Model RR, a track-only racing version of the eSuperbike, was recently clocked at 135 mph and is built to order.