“How It’s Made” features Zero Motorcycles [VIDEO]

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How Its Made” featured an episode on electric motorcycles.  For those that don’t know about How Its Made it is a TV show goes through the process of how products and items in our everyday lives are built, assembled, or manufactured.  It’s definitely a fun show for people who enjoy knowing how things are made.

You can watch the How Its Made episode on electric motorcycles since it is up on Youtube.  It’s about 5 minutes which is a good length of time for the social media crowd these days.

How Its Made – Electric Motorcycles

This segment was filmed at the Zero Motorcycles factory and headquarters in Santa Cruz, California and it looks like they were assembling a Zero S.  It’s quite interesting to see the process of Zero bikes getting built and realizing how much simpler it is than a gas powered motorcycle. There are significantly less components when you realize there is no internal combustion engine (ICE), transmission or clutch, and no gas tank.

There is one misconception in the episode, that electric motorcycles do not require maintenance free.  As I’ve been learned more about electric vehicles I’ve come to know this is not necessarily a true statement. The narrator says in the  How Its Made episode the belt used on the Zero S is maintenance free, since it is made of kevlar. Granted, yes the material is tough, but it can wear out.  On the USA to Patagonia road trip journey we know that Thomas had to get his Zero kevlar belt replaced. Electric Motorcycle Club is also aware that owners with 2-3 year old Zero bikes have been having issues where the motors die or the batteries are bricked (meaning they can’t be charged anymore).  There will be a “ZeroCast” webinar about Zero’s electric motorcycle technology on July 8th, which seems spurred by the rising number of complaints from owners.

Still the How Its Made episode was fun to watch for an electric motorcycle enthusiast. What I think it interesting is that for the most part Zero motorcycles are hand assembled at this point. To get production volume at a higher capacity I would hope the company is looking into using more efficient means of assembly and manufacturing.  You know, robotics on an assembly line. I guess Zero doesn’t have the cash for that yet.

What do you think of this How Its Made episode featuring electric motorcycles? If you are a rider, or want to be one someday, does seeing the process of how an electric motorcycle is made make you want to consider buying one in the future?

6,000 Miles on an Electric Motorcycle – USA to Patagonia Update

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Some of you might remember when we wrote about Thomas Tomczyk.  Thomas is a journalist that is attempting to be the first man to go from the USA to Patagonia on an Electric Motorcycle.  He’s calling his journey the Electric Powered Odyssey and he recently announced he’s gone 10,000 kilometers, which is equivalent to 6213 miles, in a posting on his website titled “A Small Landmark.”

A small landmark: my GPS is showing I travelled 10,000 kilometers from Philadelphia to Granada, Nicaragua. Over the past 90 days I travelled across 12 US states, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

He also mentions some of the interesting places he has had to charge his 2012 Zero S motorcycle.

I’ve charged the motorbike at both ordinary and bizarre places: libraries, fire stations, post offices, schools, police stations, coffee shops, restaurants, banks, schools, a Louisiana jail, museums, at an ice cream truck, and even at a casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The savings he’s had for not paying for gas have added up.

While I share the story of this Electric Odyssey and fundraise for the Wounded Warrior Project I am meeting the most amazing people. We exchange stories, ideas and energy and so far I have not paid for a single charge. The savings in fuel (compared to a 50 MPG motorbike and $4/gallon gasoline) are around $500, plus saving of two oil changes – $120.

It would be good to know what electricity would have cost to “fill up” vs gas.  Whatever it is I’m sure it still would be a miniscule amount. Perhaps the $620 dollar savings to some people wouldn’t be worth the hassle.  Thomas Tomczyk is trying to show what’s possible with electric vehicles and saving some money is more of a side benefit.

Thomas still has a way to go on his electric motorcycle journey but he’s been making great progress.  We encourage everyone to follow him on the website Electric Powered Odyssey to stay updated with the USA to Patagonia road trip.

Zero hosting Webinar about Electric Motorcycle technology – July 8th

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Zero Motorcycles is hosting a webinar about the technology that goes into their electric motorcycles in addition to their powertrains. Abe Askenazi, Chief Technology Officer of Zero Motorcycles, will be on hand to lead the “ZeroCast” webinar as they are calling it.

Here is the description regarding the electric motorcycle webinar;

Join us for our first ever “ZeroCast” webinar to get inside the technology that makes Zero tick. Zero CTO, Abe Askenazi, will discuss electric motorcycles and our proprietary Z-Force powertrain. Wednesday, July 8th, 1-2pm PDT.

There is no cost to attend the ZeroCast webinar as it seems to be an educational and good promotional tool for Zero.

No signup required to view, but a free login is needed to participate.

While it’s great Zero Motorcycles is holding this webinar and giving fans an inside look into the company, I believe it is a calculated PR move.  I imagine the reason Zero is holding this “ZeroCast” webinar is because there has been chatter from unhappy owners on various electric motorcycle communities online.  Several people have reported issues of their motors failing within 2-3 years, after the warranty of their Zero motorcycle expired.  I’ve also read Zero owners complaining that batteries have died and “bricked” their bikes, which is an electric vehicle term meaning it is completely inoperable.  Owners seem to have had a lot of difficulty dealing with dealerships in regards to fixing their Zero electric motorcycles and getting answers from the company in a timely manner about repair solutions.  Some dealerships are uninterested in working on Zero bikes or flatly refuse, which is obviously a big issue if your electric bike needs repair.

Zero wants to combat fears that their bikes are unreliable, difficult to fix and repair, and expensive when something is needed.  Some of the problems that people have had to deal with are quite expensive.  This is somewhat contrary to Zero’s marketing of being “maintenance free’ compared to gas motorcycles and less expensive when calculating total cost of ownership.

For those interested in attending the ZeroCast webinar with Abe Askenazi you can sign-up here.  It takes place on July 8th, Wednesday 1-2 pm, Pacific Standard Time as Zero’s headquarters is in Santa Cruz, California.

Pikes Peak Electric Motorcycle Wrap-Up 2015

This year at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) we only saw a few electric motorcycle teams competing but that doesn’t make Pikes Peak any less exciting.  Here is a breakdown and wrap-up from this year.

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Pikes Peak – Electric Motorcycles

In the Electric Bike Production class Hollywood Electrics won all three podium spots with Jeff Clark being the fastest up the mountain.  His teammates Nathan Barber and Brandon Nozaki Miller took the 2nd and 3rd places spots. The team is sponsored by Zero Motorcycles and Hollywood Electrics came to defend their title this year, so they accomplished that goal.

It should be noted the Hollywood Electrics team was the only electric motorcycle team in the Electric Production Bike category this year.  They also had 3 riders… so it was fairly easy to clinch those top podium spots.  Something we noticed that Zero Motorcycles didn’t mention in the press release, oh well.  Since Hollywood Electrics is the only bike dealership that only sells electric motorcycles in the country, it’s good PR for them.  We’ve heard of people ordering bikes from them in Los Angeles and having them shipped.  :)

What we were impressed with this year is that Hollywood Electrics decided to use solar panels to charge all the Zero SR racing bikes.  Impressive and I assume we might see this more as Lightning Motorcycles (see below) set the example originally back in 2013.

We wrote about Jeff Clark’s lap on Pikes Peak already but you can also watch it here too.

Jeff Clark – Pikes Peak Lap

In the Electric Modified Bike class there were 2 teams that were racing up Pikes Peak, Buckeye Current and Mirai.  Yoshihiro Kishimoto came in first place racing for team Mirai, which is based out of Japan.  You can watch Kishimoto’s lap here.

Yoshihiro Kishimoto – Pikes Peak Lap

Buckeye Current came in second, which is a team composed of engineering students from Ohio State University.  The team has been successful in electric motorcycle racing in the past scoring a 3rd place finish at the Isle of Man TT Zero last year.  This year the team’s replacement rider, Joe Prussiano, said there were some gremlins with the reworked RW-3 electric motorcycle.  Prussiano replaced Rob Barber, Ohio State’s original rider, after Barber suffered from injuries sustained during practice.  You can read about the incident in my article about Ohio State competing at Pikes Peak.

To get an idea about Joe Prussiano’s lap on Pikes Peak you can watch it here.  Still looks intense even with problems with the bike.

Joe Prussiano – Pikes Peak Lap

Electric Cars take 1st and 2nd Place

While the field of electric motorcycle contenders was small this year, I fell compelled to mention it still was a positive overall event for electric vehicles. Well known race car driver Rhys Millen took the fastest lap time up Pikes Peak this year in an electric race car built by the Latvian team eO.  The second place finisher was also an electric car driven by Pikes Peak legend Nobuhiro Tajima racing for Tajima Motors.

This shows that electric vehicles can compete in racing with gas powered vehicles.  I am expecting to see a lot more electric racing on Pikes Peak in coming years because Tajima and Millen took 1st and 2n place this year.

Check out LiveTiming for the complete listing of times and classes.

Lightning Motorcycles?

Noticeably absent this year at Pikes Peak was Lightning Motorcycles.  Some people might remember back in 2013 Lightning beat all motorcycle teams, electric or gas, by 20 seconds.  While that was a respectable time margin on Pikes Peak the more impressive thing was Lightning Motorcycles charged all their bikes with solar panels. So they spent nothing powering their electric race motorcycles.

We assume this might be due to the fact the company is currently trying to get their LS-218 street electric motorcycle rolling off the assembly line.  Loz Blain from Gizmag reviewed the LS-218 and was impressed with the bike’s sheer acceleration.  Translogic, an Autolbog show, also did an episode about the Lighting LS-218 and was impressed as well.

Pikes Peak next year?

We aren’t sure about the field of competitors that will be at Pikes Peak next year, but we hope to see more electric motorcycle teams.  With the success of eO and Tajima motors I bet you’ll see more electric vehicles in general racing on the mountain.

Hollywood Electrics wins title at Pikes Peak again

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Hollywood Electrics won the title for Electric Production Bike at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) again.  The Los Angeles based electric motorcycle dealership swept all three podium spots at Pikes Peak this year as well. Of course I should make it clear that they were the only team competing in the Electric Production Bike class this year and they had three riders.  So taking the top podium spots wasn’t exactly a challenge, but still we are writing about it here on Electric Motorcycle Club. Hey, what do you expect when the market for electric motorcycles is so small? :)

The Hollywood Electrics team is sponsored by Zero Motorcycles and they raced on 2015 Zero SR’s which are the company’s top-of-the-line performance models.  Jeff Clark took the top spot again which he has won three years in a row against the other Hollywood Electrics riders.  See our article on Jeff Clark’s Pikes Peak lap up the mountain. The other riders were Nathan Barker and Brandon Nozaki Miller.

The other electric motorcycles at Pikes Peak this season was for the Electric Modified Bike class. The field was small as well with only two teams competing.  Yoshihiro Kishimoto racing for Mirai, a team based out of Japan, and there was Joe Prussiano riding for Buckeye Current, which is a student team from Ohio State University.

We hope to see more production and custom electric motorcycles competing in the future at Pikes Peak.

Zero Motorcycles Sweeps Pikes Peak Podium [Press Release]

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., — Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced today that it swept the podium at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In partnership with Hollywood Electrics, the team successfully defended its title as fastest in the production electric motorcycle class. 2015 marks the third consecutive year that a Zero motorcycle took the overall win in the category. This year, the riders chose to compete on the Zero SR model.

Scot Harden, vice president of Global Marketing at Zero, was on hand for the event. “Zero Motorcycles is extremely proud of the results and effort put forth by the Hollywood Electrics team,” said Harden. “Their passion for electric motorcycles and racing is second to none, as proven again at the world’s most prestigious hill climb event. Our heartfelt thanks to Harlan Flagg and Thomas Ito, as well as the racers, Jeff Clark, Nathan Barker, Brandon Nozaki Miller and the entire Hollywood Electrics support crew.”

Jeff Clark defended his production electric motorcycle class title with a time of 12:06.346, followed by Nathan Barker in second at 12:37.161, and Brandon Nozaki Miller in third at 13:10.894. Beyond the production class, Zero powered the fastest overall electric motorcycle in the modified electric category, as ridden by Yoshihiro Kishimoto. Kishimoto posted a blistering time of 10:58.861, which was good for 29th of all vehicles entered.

One of Jeff Clark’s rides up the mountain’s famous 12.42-mile course with 156 turns can be seen here: https://youtu.be/EuzJ7gQXNww

2015 may be remembered as a tipping point for electric vehicle racing, as the fastest vehicle at the event was an electric car driven by multiple Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner, Rhys Millen. “Whether it’s on two wheels or four, electric technology is progressing at an astonishing rate,” said Scot Harden of Zero Motorcycles. “Electric vehicles are now undeniably a force to be reckoned with in international competition.”

About Zero Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Every model is designed and built in California. Zero is determined to be the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.

Jeff Clark & Hollywood Electrics run Pikes Peak [VIDEO]

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Here is Jeff Clark’s run racing for Hollywood Electrics this year at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) in Colorado.

Editor’s Note – You’ll probably hear a siren noise throughout the video. That’s not the actually electric motorcycle but a designed “noise maker.”  This is required at Pikes Peak due to the fact that electric vehicles are not as loud as gas vehicles. This makes it so that people and officials know the bikes is coming. 

Jeff Clark (Hollywood Electrics) – Pikes Peak

His run up Pikes Peak was 12:06.346, which means Clark took first spot again this year for Hollywood Electrics in the Electric Production Bike category racing on a Zero SR electric motorcycle.

Joe Prussiano and Ohio State’s Pikes Peak run [VIDEO]

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Check out Joe Prussiano’s run for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) this year racing for the Ohio State Buckeye Current team.

Editor’s Note – You’ll probably hear a “whirring” noise throughout the video. That’s not the actually electric motorcycle but a designed “noise maker.”  This is required at Pikes Peak due to the fact that electric vehicles are not as loud as gas vehicles. This makes it so that people and officials know what is coming up the mountain. 

Joe Prussiano (Ohio State) – Pikes Peak

In an interview at the end of the video Joe Prussiano commented, “There were some gremlins.” with the electric motorcycle. Unsure what they were as he didn’t go into specifics but it sounds like maybe the bike was getting too hot on the course.

Still Prussiano finished with a time of 11:12.756 averaging 64.213 mph on the Pikes Peak course.  Not bad considering he replaced Rob Barber who was injured during a practice lap and was brought in as a replacement rider at the last minute.  The time means they finished second behind Yoshihiro Kishimoto and Mirai who were first in the Electric Modified Bike class.  Granted they were the only two entries I see in the Electric Modified Bike category at Pikes Peak this year.

Yoshihiro Kishimoto Pikes Peak run – Team Mirai [VIDEO]

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Yoshihiro Kishimoto was one of the riders at this year’s famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) with an electric motorcycle on the mountain. Kishimoto races for Team Mirai which is a Japanese company that built a custom electric motorcycle for this year’s race.  In the past Mirai has competed at the Isle of Man TT Zero and other season’s at Pikes Peak.

Mirai and Kishimoto were in first place in the Electric Modified Bike class this year with an unofficial time of 10:58.861. That time was pulled from LiveTiming.net and it states that it is not an official time.  The track was shorter this year due to bad weather at the top of the mountain and it’s unclear how that will factor into the race results.  Colorado has seen a lot of bad weather during the summer this year. Still with that time Mirai finished 29th against all motorcycle and cars in the race.

Editor’s Note – FYI, you might get annoyed by the sound from the video. It’s not actually from the bike but Pikes Peak regulations state that electric vehicles need some sort of “noise maker” so that people on the course know they are coming. They are much quieter than gas vehicles. :)

 Yoshihiro Kishimoto (Mirai) – Pikes Peak

I wish I could provide more details about the bike being ridden by Yoshihiro Kishimoto at Pikes Peak by the Mirai website is all in Japanese.  Using Google Translate I see information about the motorcycle they built for the Ilse of Man but not Pikes Peak.

If anyone wants to provide more information about Mirai and electric motorcycle Kishimoto used this year, feel free to leave a comment below.

Around the World in 80 Days on an Electric Motorcycle [VIDEO]

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Do you love to travel? Do you love motorcycles? What about electric motorcycles? Do you NOT like fossil fuels? Do you enjoy challenges? Love racing? Well, then you should probably sign-up for the 80 Day Race, an alternative vehicle endurance race inspired by the 1873 Jules Vernes novel “Around the World in 80 Days.

The 80 Day Race is set to begin in 2017 in April and will start at France’s most iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower. Other details about the race still are being worked out but all participating teams have to follow some rules.  Don’t worry the rules are pretty simple for the 80 Day Race. Vehicles must meet these criteria;

  • Land Going, so no flying or anything
  • No Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
  • Cannot be powered by fossil fuels

The 80 Day Race has the support of Paris mayor, Annie Hidalgo, and she was on hand for a press conference about the race. The whole idea is to get teams to push the limits of current alternative vehicle transportation.

Teams that participate do not need to follow a set route.  There will be 8 checkpoints in cities across the world.  They will go east toward China, then across the Pacific to North America and go south.  From there they will transverse South America then onward to Africa heading North back to Paris.  Teams will receive assistance ferrying vehicles across the oceans, seas, and other bodies of water.  FYI, time spent traveling across water won’t count as part of the 80 days.

How did Frank Manders and Jenny Berlo, the organizers of the 80 Day Race, come up with this idea? At first you would assume they read the “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne, which highlighted the new steam-powered trains of the day which started to displace horses for long distance travel. No, they got the idea from Jackie Chan. They were watching the movie “Around the World in 80 Days” which starred screen legend and martial arts extraordinaire Jackie Chan in 2010. I wonder if they were watching in French?  Still the movie was inspired by the book of the same name so I guess Jules Verne still deserves the credit.

Storm Eindhoven – Electric Motorcycle

The first team to commit to the 80 Day Race will utilize an electric motorcycle.  They are the Storm Eindhoven team which consists of 29 engineering students from the University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. So far no other teams have committed to the race except the Storm Eindhoven team.  They have a futuristic electric motorcycle design using a honeycomb based battery storage system.

There are other details on the website but upon further inspection and reading the press material from the 80 Day Race I realized that the motorcycle on display is just a model. It seems they haven’t actually built a working prototype yet. Part of the issue is that the University of Eindhoven students don’t’ seem to have the funds to build it.  They are crowdfunding to get the money to compete in the 80 Day Race and build the Storm electric motorcycle.

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Other 80 Day Race teams?

Since the only team that has committed to the race has no working prototype of their electric motorcycle, I wonder if they will have trouble getting others to participate? I’d imagine you would see manufacturer’s teams that have competed in endurance races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Paris-Dakar Rally want to participate. Some might want to show they have the alternative technology that can go “Around the World in Eighty Days!” Of course it’s not clear if the organizers are offering cash prizes for the winner or runner-ups.  Maybe you just win a bunch of respect from tree huggers? We think a cash prize might help encouraging participation since this type of race would get expensive… fast. :)

Visit the website for more information – http://80dr.com/

Could you imagine traveling around the world in 80 days on an electric motorcycle? What about another prototype vehicle that doesn’t use fossil fuels or gas? Leave a comment below and let me know.

80 Day Race to Start in Paris [Press Release]

Sustainable global competition to start in Paris

  • 80 Day Race can count on the support of mayor Anne Hidalgo
  • ‘Grand Départ’ in front of the Eiffel Tower in April, 2017
  • A pre-event will be held in spring 2016
  • Three-time Dakar Rally winner Hubert Auriol joins the 80 Day Race organisation
  • Several firms and ambassadors expressing interest to participate

PARIS, June 15, 2015 – 80 Day Race has announced during a press conference in Hôtel de Ville in Paris that the French capital city will have the honour to host the start and finish event of 80 Day Race, the first around the globe sustainable competition in which teams cover 40,000 kilometres by using land-based vehicles that do not consume fossil fuel and do not contain a combustion engine.

80 Day Race is inspired by Jules Verne’s famous book ‘Around the world in 80 days’, betting that new means of transportation make it possible to achieve this challenge. Starting from Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower in April, 2017, teams are free to choose their own route to circumnavigate the globe between eight major cities in which events will take place, such as qualifying events, an educational programme and tradeshows.
The news was made public in front of selected guests and media in the City Hall of Paris. Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, emphasised the importance of the race: “I am very proud to host 80 Day Race in Paris. This race around the world in sustainable vehicles fully corresponds with the values we pursue. The development of e-mobility is one of the major challenges of our century and I’m sure 80 Day Race will accelerate the development of new means of transport. Because, beyond the incredible human adventure that represents this event, it is a real technological challenge that is offered to the teams. And, I admit, I can not wait to see the result!”

Reflecting on the announcement, Frank Manders, co-founder and general director of 80 Day Race, said: “With 80 Day Race we start a great new adventure and what better place to start this adventure than Paris? Paris is associated with great adventures, be it the first Peking to Paris race in 1907, or the New York to Paris Atlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh. Now with all the challenges of the modern day, Paris has its sights on the future. 80 Day Race is a modern day adventure, pioneering new possibilities created by new technology. Great adventures have always inspired people and that is exactly what we aim to do. When we inspire the future generation, the future can be bright and clean!”
Hubert Auriol, three-time Dakar Rally winner and organiser of the China Grand Rally, has joined 80 Day Race. He said: “When I first heard about 80 Day Race, I had the same feeling as 30 years ago when Thierry Sabine announced he would organise a new race between Paris and Dakar. A crazy thought at first, but it happened and it’s still alive! At that time, I knew I had to participate and I did. It changed my life. 80 Day Race represents the same adventurous challenge, but it’s updated to what concerns us all today and that’s the climate change. The event will be a great race with the aim to accelerate clean technology. The winner, who first arrives back in Paris, will leave an ever lasting legacy by proving that e-mobility holds the future of transportation, the future for our and the next generations.”

Other speakers were Albert Bosch (ESP), Eric Vigouroux (FRA/USA), Mate Rimac (Rimac Automobili) (HRV) and Texas van Leeuwenstein (STORM Eindhoven) (NED) expressing their interest in the race and preparing their participation. The Dutch entry already assembles world’s first battery-electric touring motorcycle with the aim to win the first edition.

80 Day Race will continue its preparation to secure seven other major cities and, in cooperation with the city of Paris, a pre-event will be organised in spring 2016. This event will include a presentation of the participating teams and vehicles, but also a first taste of what to expect of the education programme.

Further announcements regarding teams, host cities, partners, and broadcasters are expected in due course.

Visit www.80dr.com for more detailed information about the race, the most frequently asked questions and about the international ambassadors who’ve pledged their commitment to the race.

ENDS

Hollywood Electrics returns to Pikes Peak to keep Title

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Hollywood Electrics is heading back to Pikes Peak this year to defend the electric motorcycle dealership’s previous race titles. Racing for Hollywood Electrics will be Jeff Clark, Brandon Nozaki Miller, and Nathan Barker.

Each rider is going to be competing on modified 2015 Zero SR’s in the Electric Production class category.  Jeff Clark won the title the past two consecutive years and he is looking for another win on Pikes Peak again this year.

Sponsoring the Hollywood Electrics team on Pikes Peak will be Zero Motorcycles.  The company typically doesn’t fund many electric motorcycle racing endeavors, instead putting most of their money into making consumer bikes the best they can be and working on sales.  So far Zero Motorcycles has been the most successful electric motorcycle company to date and recently they received a $1 million dollar grant from the state of California.  Hollywood Electrics is the largest seller of Zero bikes in the United States and is the only electric motorcycle dealership in the country to our understanding.  Glad to see Harlan Flagg, the owner of Hollywood Electrics, get support directly from Zero.

One big change for team this year is that they will be charging all the Zero SRs with solar panels. Using a support truck from Go Green Mobile Power will allow off-grid charging harnessing the power of the sun to race. We assume Hollywood Electrics Racing was inspired when they saw Lighting Motorcycles win back in 2013 charging all their bikes with solar panels.  They beat out gas bikes by almost a full 20 seconds.

Good luck to Harlan and everyone at Hollywood Electrics at Pikes Peak this year.

Hollywood Electrics to defend Title at Pikes Peak [Press Release]

Hollywood Electrics and Zero Motorcycles, leaders in all­ electric motorcycles, are headed to Colorado on June 28, 2015 for the 93rd Annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC).

Hollywood Electrics is fielding a three­bike team consisting of Pikes Peak Winner Jeff Clark (#777), Land Speed Record Holder Brandon Nozaki Miller (#111), and Pikes Peak Race Veteran Nathan Barker (#880), on their Zero Electric Motorcycles in the Electric Production Class.

Clark, Nozaki­ Miller, and Barker have been gearing up for the Race to the Clouds on all new race ­prepped machines debuting exclusive performance parts by Hollywood Electrics. Two­time Electric Production Class winner Jeff Clark returns to defend his consecutive titles from 2013 and 2014. Having broken his previous record with a run of 11:59 in 2014 he seeks to shave off even more time in 2015. Brandon Nozaki­ Miller and Nathan Barker return after a one year hiatus from Pikes Peak eager to prove their mettle against the current champ.

“We continue to push the envelope of performance on these production electric motorcycles and prove that the Zero Motorcycles are not only fantastic commuter motorcycles, but also very competent race machines,” said Team Owner Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics Racing. “If they can take on Pikes Peak, the Zero Motorcycles are more than capable of handling your everyday riding.”

All three racers will be on Zero Motorcycles’ 2015 SR Models which boast an incredible 0­60mph in 3.3 seconds, a top speed exceeding 100mph, and are made in Santa Cruz, California. Electric Motorcycles are able to deliver consistent performance at any altitude, unaffected by the thin air that wreaks havoc on the fuel mixture of their Internal Combustion Powered counterparts.

“Zero Motorcycles is proud to sponsor Hollywood Electrics’ Pikes Peak racing program. This marks the third year in a row that the team has tackled the event and with their experience and track record we are confident they will bring back another production electric motorcycle class dominating performance. We wish Jeff, Nathan, Brandon and the entire team the best of luck,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles.

In partnership with GO GREEN Mobile Power (GGMP), Hollywood Electrics is also proud to debut their solar powered race support vehicle for clean, off­grid charging of the Zero Electric Motorcycle Race Bikes. “GO GREEN Mobile Power is excited to collaborate with Hollywood Electrics on this project as another example of solar hybrid technology at work,” said GGMP President & CEO James Caulfield. “It is our mission to continue to develop and manufacture products and systems that have an immediate and practical benefit for the end user, both in grid independence and quantifiable cost savings.”

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began in 1916 and is the second oldest motorsports race in America. The PPIHC is a long­standing tradition in the Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak regions. The race takes place on a 12.42 mile course beginning at 9,390 feet with 156 turns and ending at the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak, also known as “America’s Mountain.”

Hollywood Electrics is the world’s leading retailer of electric motorcycles. With the widest selection of electric two­wheeled vehicles in the world, Hollywood Electrics offers a unique “Electric First” understanding of the vehicle industry. Hollywood Electrics is particularly known for Performance Kits for EVs. Founded in 2009, Hollywood Electrics is the #1 Zero Motorcycles Dealership worldwide.

Hollywood Electrics would like to thank Zero Motorcycles, DigiNow, Nate’s Fine Foods, GO GREEN Mobile Power, EnerBee, AXO, and Lindemann Engineering for their support this race season.