Tired of filling petrol in your R1? California-based Lightning Motors will take away your bike’s IC engine and fit it with 28 Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries, each of them weighing 2.97 kilos. The electric R1 weighs about 180kg, and packs the equivalent of 70 horsepower. Its manufacturers claim it can go from zero to 100km/h in three seconds, and that it can hit a top speed of 160km/h!
The bike does close to 130km on one charge, as long as you keep your speed below 100km/h. After that, plug in the bike’s on-board charger into a standard electricity outlet and you’re ready to go again in seven hours. The whole thing is quite expensive though – conversion costs US$15,000 and takes about a month to complete. Still interested? More details and a video of the bike in action on the LA Times website here.Also see:
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