A California company, Mission Motors, has shown images of an electric sportbike that promises performance equal or better than the best gas-powered supersports motorcycles available today.
The Mission One uses a liquid-cooled AC motor and lithium-ion battery pack to supply power, with 100 lb-ft of torque available from 0 to 6,500 rpm. Transmission is a single-speed unit and top speed is a claimed 150 mph (240 km/h), and range is 150 miles per charge — which takes two hours to complete using a 220V circuit, or eight hours at 110V.
Components are top-notch: Brembo brakes, Ohlins fork and shock, Marchesini wheels. The frame is manufactured out of aluminum and the weight of the production unit is claimed to be about 40-50 lb (20 kg) heavier than a similar sports bike.
"The electric motor’s linear torque curve provides peak torque at zero rpm … the motor delivers faster acceleration than most gasoline sportbikes without ever having to shift gears," the company says in its e-mailed press pack.
Mission One models will be available in 2010, according to the company, and the first 300 units will sell for $68,995 US.
Can it be true? Yes, it can. Is it true? We’re just a little skeptical. Like you, we’ll have to wait and see.