Following Orange County Choppers’ frequent use of alt-fuels (see E85 bike and natural gas bike) comes something a wee bit different from what we’re used to seeing from the New York-based custom motorcycle crew: a fully electric chopper. Commissioned by Siemens USA, the zero-emissions motorcycle is powered by a 27-horsepower electric motor from Advanced DC and can go an estimated 60 miles per charge after a five-hour charge. Top speed is listed at 100 miles per hour, likely making this one of the fastest bikes ever to roll out of the OCC showroom.
Naturally, you’ll get to watch the build take place on an episode of American Chopper that’s currently scheduled to air on TLC on Thursday, October 22 at 9PM. Says Paul Teutul, Sr.:
Building an electric bike from recycled materials was something new for us, but we definitely enjoyed the challenge and think that the end product makes a great addition to our wide range of unique motorcycles. While electric bikes probably won’t surpass traditional ones for the foreseeable future, we also think that energy efficient technologies are increasingly important for both manufacturers and consumers.
At this time, OCC is saying it has no plans to mass produce an electric chopper, but Senior says it’s would consider it if adequate demand were there. In any case, you’ll get the chance to own this one after Siemens take it on a worldwide tour in 2010 as it will be auctioned off with the benefits going to “a charitable cause that will help benefit the environment.” Click past the break for a video along with the press release.
Green County Choppers? OCC creates custom electric chopper originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Wed, 12 Aug 2009 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.