The World's Fastest Electric Motorcycle
The news is good—and very green.
In July 2012, the Lightning Motorcycles race team won the EPower/TTXGP race during MotoGP Weekend at Laguna Seca. But what really distinguished this landmark achievement? It was accomplished on solar power alone.
The same bike, sure to spellbind speed freaks and environmentalists alike at this year's Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, April 30 at Half Moon Bay Airport, also set a new land speed record at El Mirage in November 2012.
These benchmarks make Lightning Motorcycles CEO Richard Hatfield very excited about the future.
"Lightning SB2 SuperBikes demonstrated that alternatively fueled vehicles can win against current competition with currently available technology. And this ultimately means a 'win' for everyone," he says. "Solar energy-fueled vehicles are not just a theoretical concept to be realized sometime in the distant future. They are a reality today. They can compete head to head with gasoline powered vehicles, without leaving a carbon footprint."
The decision to go with solar was an easy one for Hatfield, and he especially enjoys being able to show nay-sayers that the impossible is, in fact, possible.
"Many people have this idea that electric vehicles are not reliable, that the technology is not really viable," he explains. "Lightning Motorcycles is showing that using alternative energy doesn't automatically mean you have to compromise."
These solar powered bikes aren't just good for the environment—they're also very kind to the pocketbook.
"On the highway, we can go about 100 miles on just $1.20 worth of electricity," says Hatfield. "Even at our top speed of over 218 mph, we calculated that we were still achieving an equivalent of over 50 mpg."
And those are solid, clean-energy facts we can all get behind.