Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on October 29, 2009
No offense to well-meaning electric scooter boys and girls out there, but Brammo’s Enertia may finally be the real deal when it comes to electric two wheelers. It seems appropriate, if unfortunate, that it also comes at a very real-deal price.
Debuting early next year (with a full roll-out later in 2008), but already boasting plenty of reviewer rides behind it, the Enertia screams quality even as it glides almost soundlessly down the street. At a top speed of 50 mph, no less. Cruising at a more modest 25, the bike can go some 45 miles before needing a recharge. Two hours plugged into a standard 110-volt outlet charges the bike’s six lithium phosphate batteries to 80 percent capacity, with a full recharge requiring three hours’ juice.
Given the U.S. average commute of 29 miles at substantially faster clip (we hope, for sanity’s sake) than residential-zoned limits, the Enertia isn’t really meant to serve the average commuter.
No, with the Q3 2008 production model slated to retail for $12K, this bike is targeted squarely at hardcore vote-with-pocketbook greenies, who – if they’re worth their iodine-free salt, anyway – already live close to work.
On- and offboard features lend themselves to carbon-cutters. The batteries’ discharge rate is rider-selectable anywhere from 40 to 100 percent. At full discharge, and with 100 percent of any electric motor’s torque available from a standstill, the cycle will punch 30 mph in just 3.8 seconds – quite a notch for a bike tipping the scales at just 275 pounds.
That Brammo – also the exclusive North American manufacturer of the Ariel Atom open-cockpit E-racer – would even include a 40 percent rate is telling, as is the USB port allowing riders to download driving information and better understand their energy use.
Hopefully they’ll be pleasantly surprised. The Enertia posts a well-to-wheels energy efficiency more than four times better than an average motorcycle or Toyota Prius. Well-to-wheels carbon dioxide numbers come in at just 21.8 grams/mile, more than six times better.
Of course, a solar-recharged Enertia extends these multipliers nearly to the infinite. Infinite – if only my bank account was.