Oregon-based Brammo is getting ready to release a new fully electric motorcycle model that builds both from their first bike, the Enertia, and second bike, the Empulse (which we previously covered), resulting in the Empulse R. The new model has been vamped up using Integrated Electric Transmission (IET) — a mechatronic propulsion unit that replicates the feeling and performance of a traditional internal combustion engine — combined with a specially developed electric motor, clutch and gear shift, allowing the Emuplse R bike to accelerate to even higher top speeds. The 2012 Empulse is also the world’s first production EV motorcycle to feature water cooling, and has a robust range that will alleviate all but the worst cases of range anxiety. On a single 8-hour charge the eco-minded Empulse will provide a 121 mile city range and 56 mile highway (or a combined 77 miles), sure to be enough to get you through your daily commute, with plenty of juice left over for an evening rendezvous. Pre-order the Brammo Empulse R Electric Motorcycle for $18,995 and be sure to wear your helmet.
via Gear Patrol