Lightning to Reveal New Electric Superbike


Lightning Motorcycle has announced that it will reveal its latest creation, the all new LS-218 electric Superbike, at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, Calif. on May 17th. Lightning says that the LS-218 will be the most technologically advanced and highest performing street-legal production motorcycle in the world.

“Since 2006, the Lightning team has been dedicated to developing electric motorcycles that meet and exceed the performance of the best Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) alternatives,” said Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning Motorcycle. “The R&D team at Lightning has developed electric vehicle technology through years of competition at racing events around the world. We believe that the LS-218 offers consumers the best of design, performance and value in market today.”

The Lightning LS-218 presents the first opportunity that consumers can purchase a production motorcycle capable of setting land speed records and winning road racing competitions that is as easy to ride as a 250cc commuter bike. Lightning’s LS-218 IPM liquid cooled 10,500 rpm electric motor can produce in excess of 200 hp and 168 ft/lbs of torque.

Lightning’s proprietary Ultra High Power Density Drive system allows max power setting without any concerns of overheating. At highway speed, LS-218 can exceed a range of 100 miles per charge with the standard battery package. You can use standard power outlets to charge LS-218. At public fast charging stations, it will take less than 30 mins to charge.

“Consumers no longer are required to pay more for less performance to support green technology,” said Richard Hatfield. “The Lightning LS-218′s can compete with the best ICE alternatives today. Lightning achieved the goal we set in 2009 to compete against and win against the best gasoline race bikes. In June 2013, at Pikes Peak, Lighting won first overall competing against 93 other motorcycle teams (electric and gasoline) by over 20 seconds.”

In addition to the performance, Lightning provides customers unprecedented options to personalize the LS-218. Some examples of available options are fully programmable Android display, carbon fiber swingarm and frame, titanium fasteners, custom graphic wrap and seating.

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