Custom-Built Green Motorcycle Lacks Gas-Powered Roar
A new motorcycle being billed as the world's first all-electric custom chopper lacks the roar of a gas motor. NY1's Technology reporter Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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Anyone who's a fan of the TLC show "American Chopper" is familiar with Paul Teutul Sr. sitting at the helm of a motorcycle. But the Siemens bike, the latest custom-built Orange County Chopper that is being billed as the world's first custom "green" electric chopper, is no ordinary motorbike.
For one thing, the electric motorcycle has replaced the hallmark growl of a gas motor with silence.
"We really went full-bore with this," says Teutul. "Recycled steel, water-based paint, it doesn't get any greener. There's no exhaust, there's no fumes in the air."
The bike gets about 60 miles on a single charge and can pull that charge off of any standard outlet within several hours.
Siemens, which commissioned the bike, also helped contribute LED lighting to the prototype.
"Certainly we hope it just builds a greater awareness that the technologies we need today for a more sustainable environment are with us here today," says Daryl Dulaney of Siemens. "You don't have to look forward into the future, you just have to bring in the right technologies that we have now."
Teutul says motorcycle riders who think bikes need to be loud to be manly and powerful should get over the false machismo.
"You know, we always get a lot of comments on what it sounds like. You can always put cards in the wheel or something like that to make it sound a little louder," says Teutul. "But the bottom line is this - the bike is futuristic, the bike will do 100 mph plus. There's nothing like it."
Teutul says OCC has no immediate plans to mass produce this bike, but would consider it if he thought there was more of a demand out there.
There is an opportunity to buy the prototype. Siemens will show off the chopper for the rest of this year at trade shows and conferences and then auction it off. The proceeds will go towards an environmentally-focused charity.