"The realization of the dream of bringing the LS-218 street SuperBike to market has been challenging and rewarding. We are thrilled to deliver our first street legal superbike to our customers for the daily commute,” states Lightning CEO Richard Hatfield. The street version of the fastest production motorcycle—gas or electric—began production for consumers in 2014 and made its first official delivery. Motorcycle enthusiasts could hardly hold their excitement once the LS-218 Superbike was unveiled to the media. Gizmag states, “Electric bikes are exceptionally practical, we know that already, but this is the kind of machine that will take them to the next level: fearsome and drool-worthy...."
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History is made at Pikes Peak as an electric motorcycle beats all of the world’s fastest gas-powered motorcycles for the first time ever. With a time of 10 minutes and 0.964 seconds, Lightning Motorcycles’ Electric Superbike smokes the competition by surpassing the closest world-class gas-powered bike by nearly 20 seconds and the majority of the electric bike field by over two minutes. Hoping this win will affect not only Lightning Motorcycles but the entire industry, CEO Hatfield states, “The win at Pikes Peak shows that superior, world-class performance can be achieved today with clean technologies. We hope this milestone will encourage our colleagues, competitors, and other companies in the clean tech industry to develop their products so that consumers will choose them because they are the best in class, and not just because they are green.”
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For the first time ever, a vehicle powered solely by solar energy won a major motorsports competition. Lightning entered the EPower/TTXGP race during the MotoGP weekend at Laguna Seca in 2012 with their solar powered Lightning Motorcycle and won the race. In November, it repeated success at El Mirage by setting a New Speed Record and reached the top of the podium with a Le Mans win. These successes proved that the words eco-friendly and sustainable energy are not synonymous with a compromise in performance. Lightning CEO Richard Hatfield says it best: “Solar energy fueled vehicles are not just a theoretical concept to be realized sometime in the distant future, but a reality today that can compete head to head with gasoline powered vehicles.”
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Lightning Motorcycles set a new world land speed of 215.907 mph (218 mph top speed) at Bonneville UT. Lightning saw an impressive 40 mph improvement from the world record in 2010 (which was also set by Lightning). While the Lightning team celebrates the broken records and high accomplishments, racing and breaking records is about more than mere fame to Lightning—it’s about the future. Years of incredible work and dedication developing the two-wheeled technology package paid off for the Lightning team in 2011 with the arrival of the future they imagined.
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Lightning Motorcycles won the inaugural North American TTXGP championship—the world’s first zero carbon, clean emissions grand prix—in 2010 with wins in Wisconsin, Ontario Canada, and Southern Virginia. After being handed 2nd place at the first race in Sonoma due to an issue with the lean angle, Lightning worked with RaceTech to get them back on track for the rest of the season. After the fix, Lightning dominated the competition by even lapping second-place bikes during the races. The media cried praises as Motorcyclist Online states, “From the chaotic enthusiasm of these early days of electric motorcycle racing, the Lightning has established itself as the bike to beat. With the inaugural North American TTXGP championship to its credit, Richard Hatfield’s electric racebike has shot to pole position in the electric-motorcycle paradigm like a bolt of Lightning.
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Lightning Motors broke landspeed records as the fastest production electric motorcycle in the world at the SCTA World Finals held at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Lightning’s Moto-1 prototype achieved a top speed of 166.388 mph, while also triggering headlines like: “The Salt Flats Have Never Been This Quiet!” This show of speed quieted previous skeptics. Just the year before, Motorcyclist Magazine stated in their “Going Green” issue that they felt underwhelmed by the present performance of electric motorcycles. Lightning CEO Richard Hatfield rose to the challenge and invited them to come ride the Moto-1 prototype in Bonneville. Motorcyclist Magazine quickly changed their tune after seeing the prototype in action, stating, “All it took was one silent, 160-mph blast across the salt to show me the light[ning].”
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Lightning developed the first lithium battery powered electric ATV. With over 30 horse power and 40 miles range per charge, Lightning’s ATV featured excellent off-road capability with near silent operations. Torquey and fun to ride, Lightning’s electric ATV was incredibly versatile. Hunters could appreciate its quiet motion while its wide functionality also made it perfect for use as a daily utility vehicle in a winery. The production of this first lithium ATV largely contributed to Lightning’s development of both ‘off road ready’ and ‘combat ready’ ATVs and UTVs straight out of the box.
LA Times Lightning Motorcycle Interview
As the lithium battery technology became viable, Lightning Motorcycles converted a former Yamaha R1 race bike to electric. From our research, this is the first Lithium-ion Sport bike in the world. This electric sport bike was incredibly fun to ride with over 60 horsepower, nearly 70 pounds of torque and a top speed of 100 mph. Exceeding Lightning CEO Richard Hatfield’s expectations, it was smooth, quiet, fast, and felt like the future. The media was not immune to its novelty and was immediately drawn to this raw prototype. The LA Times shot a test ride video that inspired race organizers to create the early electric motorcycle competitions in both the U.S. and the Isle of Man. From the success of this electric sport bike, Lightning demonstrated the potential of electric motorcycles. This was the beginning of the future of electric motorcycles.
LA Times Lightning Motorcycle Interview