Icon Photo Shoot

January 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Icon is a manufacturer of motorcycle racing and riding apparel.  Icon’s most recent catalog features Brammo Enertias being riden by roller derby girls. 

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Brammo at Thunderhill

January 31, 2011 at 11:09 am

This past week the Brammo Racing Team went down to Thunderhill to take the Brammo Empulse RR out for a ride. 

Here are some great pictures from the event.  ENJOY!!!


Lots of BUZZ at the Portland International Auto Show

January 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Today is the first day of the Portland International Auto Show 2011.

The show runs:

Thursday, January 27 through Sunday, January 30, 2011
Thurs. & Fri. 10 am to 10 pm
Saturday 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday 10 am to 7 pm

It is located at:

Oregon Convention Center
777 Northeast M L King Boulevard
Portland, OR 97232

It costs:

Adult (13 & over) $10.00
Senior (62 & over) $8.00
Military (ID Required) $8.00
Children (7-12) $5.00
Children (6 & under) FREE

Come by and take a look at Brammo’s various bikes that are on display and visit with the Brammo Team!

For more information about Brammo, please click here.

1M Plug-In Vehicles on the road by 2015

January 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

According to an article published by The Detroit News, the Obama administration has called for converting the $7,500 tax deduction for electric vehicles into a rebate that would be available to consumers immediately at the point of sale.  This proposal has been made in order help meet President Obama’s goal of having 1 million EVs  on U.S. roads by 2015. 

There is also a plan to boost federal subsidies for vehicle technologies to nearly $590 million!  ”The boost would include spending up to $200 million to help as many as 30 cities quickly develop the infrastructure for widespread use of electric vehicles.”  The budget for this plan also calls for an increase in funds that support vehicle technology research and development.  With these funds, an Energy Innovation Hub will be started that will be devoted to improving batteries and energy storage for vehicles and beyond.  This plan will allow “up to 30 communities across the country would receive grants of up to $10 million each on the basis of their ability to demonstrate concrete reforms and use the funds to help catalyze electric vehicle deployment,” according to the White House.

Update:   Here is a paragraph from an article published by MIT, that explains this plan in more detail:

“Here’s how Obama hopes to reach his goal. First, the Recovery Act has already allocated $2 billion to help build factories for batteries another other electric car components, as well as $400 million for electric vehicle demonstration and infrastructure. Under the fiscal year 2012 budget, a tax credit worth up to $7,500 for plug-in hybrids and electric cars will become available as a rebate as soon as a car is bought–so people don’t have to wait around for the tax return. The budget will also increase R&D spending for vehicle technology and for a fourth “energy innovation hub” focused on developing better batteries. And it will include fund 30 $10 million community projects geared towards making electric vehicles more attractive, by “regulatory streamlining, infrastructure investments, vehicle fleet conversions, deployment of EV incentives (e.g., parking, HOV access) partnerships with major employers/retailers, and workforce training.”"

West Coast Green Hwy

January 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Interstate 5 is one of the most traveled roads in the U.S.  It stretches from the U.S. border with Canada, through Washington, Oregon, and California, to the U.S. border with Mexico.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, I-5 will soon become the nation’s cleanest, greenest, and smartest interstate highway.  If all goes as plan, drivers of this 1,350 mile long roadway will soon be able to select from a menu of clean alternative fuel such as natural gas, biodiesel, ethanol, or hydrogen to power their vehicles.

This plan was fueled by President Obama’s goal of bringing 1 million plug-in hybrid/electric vehicles onto U.S. roads by 2015.  His administration has provided $2.4 billion in federal grants to develop next-generation electric vehicles and batteries.

The EV industry, utilities, government agencies, commuters and others are planning where to install the public charging stations along the highway. By having numerous charging stations along I-5, EV drivers will be able to go almost anywhere in the Pacific Coast states. Public charging sites will be installed at shopping malls, safety rest areas, and park and ride lots to allow EV users to travel between major cities such as Seattle and Portland.

To learn more about Brammo’s electric motorcycles, please click here!

Is the Developing World Poised for an Electric-Vehicle Boom?

January 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Today in China, millions of people use electric bikes as their main form of transportation. According to this article, almost 30 million e-bikes are sold in China each year. China’s EV market appears to be one of the most promising growth markets.   Arguably the biggest barrier for the electric vehicles industrty today is the relatively high cost of them.  This price will go down of course once more EV’s are in demand and economies of scale kicks in.   China is predicted to be one of the moving forces that helps create lower prices

India is another up and coming major electric-vehicle market.   Two months ago the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable energy announced major incentives for people who either buy an electric vehicle or convert their gas car to run electric. Indian citizens are eligible for a $2225 credit towards the purchase of an EV.  EV consumers will also have lower road taxes and Value Added Taxes and other financial incentives. India plans on expanding its charging infrastructure dramatically.  In Mumbai alone, there are plans to build 4,050 EV charging stations!

To learn more about Brammo and it’s products, please click here

To learn more about Brammo’s presence in the Chinese EV Market, please click here.

Portland International Auto Show

January 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Brammo will be attending the Portland International Auto Show on January 27 – 30, 2011.  The event will be held at the Portland Convention Center. 

  • Show Dates and Hours
  • Thursday, January 27 through Sunday, January 30, 2011
    Thurs. & Fri. 10 am to 10 pm
    Saturday 10 am to 10 pm
    Sunday 10 am to 7 pm

  • Show Location
  • Oregon Convention Center
    777 Northeast M L King Boulevard
    Portland, OR 97232

    Get Directions / (503) 235-7575 / (503) 235-7417 (fax) / oregoncc.org

  • Admission
  • Adult (13 & over) $10.00
    Senior (62 & over) $8.00
    Military (ID Required) $8.00
    Children (7-12) $5.00
    Children (6 & under) FREE

    Brammo will have a booth set up in an area called The ECO Center. 

    The ECO Center See how life will be in the very near future — live examples of charging outside stations along with a simulated home equipped with solar panels & a charging station. The Portland Auto Show’s ECO Center is one of the largest in the nation! 30,000 square feet of future technology that’s taking shape NOW so attendees can experience and see how so many companies have harnessed their creativity and energy on a greener tomorrow.

    Revving Up Electric Motorcycles

    January 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    In an article written by Joseph Gallivan titled Revving Up Electric Motorcycles:  Oregon Startups Bring Potential for New Industry, the following was said,“Electric motorcycles are the holy grail of green vehicles. Motorcyclists are natural risk takers who enjoy the elements. What could be more attractive than a motorcycle offering full torque from the start, with no gears, that slips through the countryside in near silence?”

    There are currently 4 companies in Oregon that create electric transportation or electric vehicle components. These companies are:

    • MotoCzysz, based in Portland’s Pearl District, has been turning heads with its stylish racing bike designs. Former architect Michael Czysz’s E1PC electric motorbike won a 2010 Isle of Man race for zero-emissions bikes and the North American round of the electric-bike world championship at Laguna Seca, on California’s Monterey Peninsula.

    • Brammo Inc., in Ashland, has had electric motorbikes in production since 2007.  The Brammo Enertia was named “Electric Motorcycle of the Year” by Motorcycle.com in 2010

    • Arcimoto LLC, in Eugene, founded by the son of former U of O president Dave Frohnmayer, is developing the Pulse, a three-wheeled vehicle that’s a cross between a car and a motorcycle.

    • Rinehart Motion Systems, in Wilsonville, designs traction inverters, which manage the turning power that an electric motor supplies to the wheels. Rinehart devices are used by MotoCzysz, in hybrid and all-electric cars, and even U.S. Army tanks.

    These companies are putting Oregon on the map as one of the leading electric vehicle manufacturing states in the U.S.

    Oregon Loves Electric Transportation

    Brammo’s 2011 Events

    January 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Brammo is excited to announce the events that they will be attending in 2011!  Soon Brammo will post the racing events that they will be participating in as well.

    Below is a list of events they will be attending this year:

    January 27th-30th 2011 – Portland International Auto Show   - Portland, Oregon -http://www.portlandautoshow.com/

    April 12th-14th 2011 – The 3rd EV Battery Forum – Barcelona, Spain – http://www.evbatteryforum.com/sponsors/sponsors-exhibitors/

    April 19th-21st – 2011EDTA Conference & Exposition – Washington D.C. -http://www.edtaconference.org/ht/d/sp/i/17523/pid/17523

    August/September 31st-2nd – Enforcement Expo (Law Enforcement) – Las Vegas, Nevada – http://www.enforcementexpo.com/pdfs/EXLV11-Prospectus.pdf

    September/October 30th-1st / 7th-8th – 6th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference – http://www.altcarexpo.com/

    November 2011 – 2011EICMA – Milan, Italy – http://www.eicma.it/moto/en/default.aspx

    November 2011 – Hong Kong Motorcycle Show – (website TBA)

    Dec 17th-19th 2011 – International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach, CA – http://www.motorcycleshows.com/longbeach

    To learn more about Brammo and these events, please click here.

    Revolutionizing the Sunday Ride: The Nation’s First EV Friendly Scenic Byway

    January 18, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Washington State, who is now working on a new infrastructure to support electric vehicles moving up and down the heavily traveled I-5 corridor, has just announced that the nation’s first EV friendly scenic byway is being constructed on Washington’s U.S. Route 2.

    The financing for this project will be provided by funds from the Recovery Act.   There will be two to three EV fast charging stations installed along this 120 mile stretch of road.  U.S. Route 2 takes folks from Seattle into vacation spots in North Central Washington.  This route winds its way through dense forest, mountain ranges and green valleys, past orchards and wineries of Wenatchee, family farms and the Bavarian village of Leavenworth.

    In addition to these federally funded charging stations, various businesses along the road are installing Level II charging stations for patrons to use. 

    To read more about Washington’s plans for the byway, please click here.

    To learn more about Brammo’s fully electric vehicles, please visit www.brammo.com!