Following custom motorcycles that run on ethanol, compressed natural gas and electricity, Orange County Choppers has signed a deal with Schneider Electric to produce the Toyota Prius of choppers. That’s right, OCC is completing the eco-friendly circle by going hybrid. The stated goal is to build a motorcycle “capable of traveling farther, without refueling or recharging, than any other OCC bike in history,” said Paul Teutul, Sr. in a statement. We can’t imagine that would be all that difficult, but whatever.
Schneider Electric, which acquired the popular uninterruptible power supply maker American Power Conversion (APC) in 2007, will provide the technical know-how and componentry to make all the assorted hybrid bits function properly. We can’t really be sure until the bike is unveiled, but it sounds like this motorcycle will sport a parallel hybrid powertrain similar in principle to that of the popular Prius hatchback.
Expect the bike to make its television debut sometime in 2010 on a future episode of American Chopper. Sometime before the end of 2009, selected Schneider Electric contractor partners will get sneak peeks at the hybrid chopper and eight of them will get their very own OCC production motorcycles. Click past the break for a short video that doesn’t actually show the bike along with the official press release.
[Source: Schneider Electric]