Lightning Electric Motorcycle Made History at 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
San Carlos, Calif., July 3, 2013—For the first time at a major motorsports event, an electric motorcycle beats all of world fastest gas-powered competitors at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Co. on June 30th . Lightning Motorcycle, the leading pioneer in electric motorcycle , was the fastest of the 82 motorcycle entered and beat all but the 8 fastest cars at PPIHC. Adding to the achievement, the Lightning SuperBike was powered by clean, renewable solar energy.
Lightning didn’t just win the electric category, they were faster than the closest world-class gas-powered bike by almost 21 seconds. The majority of the electric bike field posted times in the mid-12-minute range. Lightning Electric Superbike was 2+ minutes faster.
“We are incredibly gratified with the performance by Carlin ,” said Richard Hatfield, founder and CEO of Lightning Motorcycle. “The Lightning team worked around the clock to ensure we provide the best possible bike to Carlin. The Lightning team set this as a goal over 4 years ago after the first North American road racing event at Infineon. We achieve our goal last Sunday. This accomplishment is a big step forward for Lightning, and we believe this is a giant leap forward for public acceptance of clean renewable energy based transportation.”
The Lightning SuperBike, the world’s fastest electric motorcycle, was powered with solar energy via a SMA (http://www.sma-america.com) inverter and Trina (http://www.trina.com) panels which charge the EnerDel (http://www.enerdel.com) battery pack that provide the vehicle with enough power to win the race.
“The win at Pikes Peak shows that superior, world-class performance can be achieved today with clean technologies. The Lightning team is proud to be a leader in the racing world, testing and driving technology for the future. We love the idea of utilizing the racing platform to push the limits of technology while building a foundation for future industries.” said Richard Hatfield, founder and CEO of Lightning Motorcycle. “ 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. ”
About Lightning Motorcycles
Lightning Motorcycle has been involved in researching and manufacturing electric two wheeled transportations (E2W). Lightning builds the fastest production motorcycle in the world, won many road racing competitions and set several world speed records. Lightning’s solutions have been used in various applications, from fuel cell hybrid electric buses, hybrid cars, electric motorcycle, electric ATV, electric yard trucks for ferrying shipping containers, professional ocean racing sailboat and many other areas. Our mission is to build 2 wheel electric transportation (E2W) that has superior efficiency, performance, and affordability than current gasoline alternatives. www.lightningmotorcycle.com
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