The Lightning Motorcycles LS-218 electric superbike was revealed at the Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering on Saturday in Carmel, Calif.
Designer Glynn Kerr, clay modeler Jim Shook and Lightning CEO Richard Hatfield were on hand for the event.
“Since 2006 the Lightning team has been dedicated to developing
electric motorcycles that meet and exceed the performance of the best
ICE (Induction Combustion Engine) alternatives,” Hatfield said.
broad acceptance from the motorcyclist community, we need to provide
design, performance and value that competes head to head with the best
gasoline motorcycles on the market. Lightning’s R&D team 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 today’s market.”
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
The Lightning LS-218 is a direct street legal version of the same
bike that won AMA and FIM races and set landspeed records. Customers can
purchase a Lightning LS- 218 and have the same opportunity to win an
FIM EPower race or set a land speed record themselves while still using
their LS-218 as daily commuter bike.
“Consumers no longer are required to pay more for less performance to
support green technology,” Hatfield said. “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
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 their Lightning LS-218. Some
examples of available options are fully programmable Android display,
carbon fiber swingarm and frame, titanium fasteners, custom graphic wrap
The Lightning LS-218 has more horsepower, more torque, more speed and
more performance than any other production motorcycle on the market.
Lightning is taking reservation right now. Reserve your own Lightning
LS-218 today and be the first owner of LS-218 with VIN 0001!
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