Brammo Is Hiring!

January 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

Brammo is among the most innovative power sports companies in the world, and also one of the most admired and accomplished international electric-motorcycle racing teams; currently the North American champion TTXGP/e-FIM title-holder. Brammo is the leading global supplier of technologically advanced battery-electric motorcycles. We design and manufacture systems for both consumer-use, and for commercial/government fleet operations. The corporate Service organization currently has an opening for a qualified:

Technical Buyer

Sales Director (North America)

Service Manager

System Engineer

Programs Manager

Read more about these job openings by following this link : http://www.brammo.com/careers/

 

 

 

 

 

Brammo Expansion 2012

January 12, 2012 at 11:11 am

Brammo Inc. is proud to announce that we are one step closer to expanding our local headquarters and bringing up to 200 additional employees to town.

The Ashland Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved the plan to build a pair of two-story buildings and a private dirt test track for our electric motorcycles.

“It’s very exciting to see our growth here in Ashland, and it will be great having our initial production close in hand,” said Craig Bramscher, company founder and chief executive officer. “Anything we make that should go in the dirt will probably be developed here.”

The buildings at 777 Jefferson Ave. will house research, design, warehousing, administrative offices and the manufacturing of prototypes for Brammo. The buildings likely will replace our current headquarters on Clover Lane.

The planned expansion will bump the number of our local employees to 200 or 250 from about 40 now. About 20 percent of the additional workers will be hired locally.

The majority of the staff will be transferred from outside the community to further Brammo’s off-road electric vehicle development, which has become an emphasis of the company since Minnesota-based off-road and powersports vehicle maker Polaris Industries acquired $28 million worth of Brammo stock last October.

The Encite and Engage models of electric dirt bikes and any new all-terrain electric vehicle concepts it introduces will be designed in Ashland. Currently, the company does most of its off-road prototype work at a facility in Italy.

“I think it’s a great-looking project, and an asset to the city,” said planning Commissioner Mike Church.

Last September, Brammo purchased a chain of 16 European racetracks exclusively used by electric dirt bikes, which it renamed BrammoParx. By the end of 2013, we have hopes to open 100 similar parks in metropolitan areas across the U.S.

The 2.5-acre test track approved for Ashland will likely serve as a prototype track for BrammoParx in the U.S. The downsized track in Ashland will be used for demonstrating the potential of a full-scale park to potential investors.

The new buildings, which will measure 14,857 and 18,805 square feet, will hopefully be operational in seven to eight months. The search for a builder is ongoing and we are working to secure a loan to fund the project, so it may be a year, Bramscher said.

Ford To Make 2012 ‘The Year of the Electrified Vehicle’

January 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Ford Motor Co. will be introducing five new electrified vehicles into the North American marketplace within the next 12 months. Leading the way will be the mid-size Ford Fusion hybrid. Along with the exciting line up cars Ford will be offering the new EVs will create 12,000 American jobs.

On Monday, Ford unveiled its new 2013 Fusion along with a brand-new hybrid version – vehicles which will be competing against the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry for pre-eminence in the highly-competitive mid-size sedan sector.

“It will be the most eco-friendly vehicle lineup in our history,” said Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO, at the North American International Auto Show on Monday.

It’s anticipated that the hybrid will offer 47 mpg and the electric-hybrid will offer drivers a 100 mpg equivalent with a full range of 500 miles.

Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s vice-president of global product development, said the new Fusion designs will offer a combination of “fuel-efficiency and comfort with great styling.”

Congratulations to Ford for their innovation and offerings to the EV/Hybrid market. With the ‘big automakers’ making such a clear statement on the importance of the Eco-friendly auto industry it will only bring good things to the charging infrastructure and the prices of the batteries.

 

Blue Chip Companies Form Coalition to Advance Electric Vehicles

January 9, 2012 at 10:36 am

A group of Blue Chip organizations have joined together to form the Electrification Leadership Council. The purpose of this group is to design a large-scale electric vehicle (EV) demonstration project that will help create a comprehensive national model for EV deployment.

Among its members are FedEx Express, Hertz, Navistar, Azure Dynamics, A123 Systems, CODA Automotive, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, ECOtality, Automatiks, and GE Capital.

The Electrification Leadership Council (ELC) is a coalition of members who represent stakeholders throughout the Electric Vehicle supply chain. Together these members possess  the expertise and resources required to engage federal, state, regional and local agencies and coalitions, utility companies, vehicle manufacturers and financial institutions to help overcome the barriers to broad scale EV deployment.

For the demonstration project, the coalition is planning a large-scale deployment of EVs within specific densely populated markets where all the components of an EV Ecosystem can be brought together: EV deployment, charging stations, the electrical grid, energy storage devices and battery second-life applications,  communication systems and support networks.

“This is about developing a more efficient, effective and environmentally friendly EV Ecosystem,” says Dennis Beal , vice president of Global Vehicles for FedEx Express. “We work with many companies across the EV Ecosystem, have learned a lot and are hungry to share our learning, expand collaboration and further the future of transportation electrification with this large-scale, cross-industry project. It is the responsible thing to do across the board – environmentally, economically and for our national security as we reduce our dependence on foreign oil and move towards environmentally friendly technologies.”

The ELC will engage with communities that have already developed collaborative efforts to foster EV readiness related to:

  • Infrastructure Planning
  • Regulatory Alignment
  • Public Awareness

The ELC will help these communities close their EV readiness gaps at the grassroots level by addressing barriers to EV deployment that typically include:

  • Charging Infrastructure
  • Government and Regulatory Policy
  • Vehicle Availability and Demand
  • Cost of Ownership and Vehicle Support
  • Public Awareness and Acceptance

The ELC is evaluating a number of local markets for the demonstration projects and will announce sites once plans are in place.

Learn more:

Website: www.elcouncil.com

 

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