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By Samuel R. Avro on Feb 7, 2009 with no responses

World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle to Reach Speeds of 150 MPH

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The Mission One's onboard charger allows riders to recharge from any standard wall socket.

The Mission One electric motorcycle currently under development by Mission Motors is set to be the world’s fastest electric motorbike capable of reaching speeds of 150 miles per hour.

Featuring a lithium ion battery that can recharge in just two hours before supplying 150 miles worth of power, the liquid cooled engine doesn’t even need an exhaust or gas tank since there’s no internal combustion.

“As a motorcycle enthusiast and engineer, I knew I could combine my passion for motorcycles with my passion for innovation and create a motorcycle that truly sets a new standard in the perception of electric vehicles,” Mission Motors’ founder, Forrest North, said at the bike’s launch at the TED conference in Long Beach, California.

Though it has yet to be road-tested at top speeds, a Mission Motors spokesman said they “have no doubt that this prototype will achieve its target speed”.

Mr. North is a former Tesla employee who, in 2007, began work on converting a petrol-powered Ducatith the aspiration of combining the performance of petrol with zero exhaust pipe emissions.

The company promises that the motor can provide 100 pounds of torque at any speed.

The price of the first edition, limited to just 50 and to be delivered early next year, will be $69,000. The company then will aim to sell another 250, at a price not yet set, before it tries to introduce a new, cheaper, more down-market model.

The electric motorcycle can provide up to 150 miles of uninterrupted ride between charges.

The Mission One recaptures the kinetic energy of the motorcycle during braking and turns it into electrical energy stored in the batteries. By recapturing energy, the Mission One goes further on a single charge. The Mission One also allows riders to tune their regenerative braking to fit with their riding style.

The bike’s onboard charger allows riders to recharge from any standard wall socket. In California, which has the 11th highest electricity prices in the US, “filling up” your bike only costs you $1.96, according to the company website.

The Mission One is also the first wireless enabled motorcycle. It introduces riders to a new way of connecting to their motorcycle. When going to work on their bike, a Mission One rider will take a computer more often than a wrench. Riders will be able to download ride data, check bike status, and update bike settings in a matter of seconds through a seamless user interface.

Delivery of the vehicle is due in 2010.