Meet the Sora, the Tesla Roadster of Electric Motorcycles

 

What’s as fast as a Tesla Roadster, has more range than a Nissan Life, and costs about as much as a Chevy Volt? The answer is the Sora by Lito Green Motion, an electric motorcycle that’s just badass.

Lito Green Motion, based out of Barthélémy Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, built this bullet of a bike to have a top speed of 124 mph, or 200 kph. That’s just 1 mph shy of the Tesla Roadster’s electronically limited top speed of 125 mph. Power comes a 12 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack that puts down a claimed 708 ft-lbs of torque at the wheels, and while they don’t list a 0-60 mph time, I’m gonna go ahead and just say “pretty damn fast.”

What really helps this electric motorcycle stand out from the crowd is its claimed 185 miles of range. That’s probably “best case scenario,” but even a 100 mile range is something to brag about on an electric motorcycle. The Brammo Enertia Plus, which hasn’t hit showrooms yet, will yield around 80 miles of range, while the Empulse sport bike will have around 100 miles of range of a 100 mph top speed. The Brammo also lacks the 5.7-inch LCD touchscreen with integrated GPS, three-performance modes (performance, eco, and safe range), and the lightweight carbon fiber fairing and high-tech aluminum chassis.

Then again, the Enertia Plus will have a price around $10,000, and the Empulse a bit more, while the Batman of electric motorcycles will cost C$42,399, or about $43,750. Yee-ouch. Even with tax credits pooled in from different sources, you’re talking about a motorcycle with the price tag of a Chevy Volt, seating for one, and perhaps even a fill-in-the-blanks death certificate, ’cause ya might just kill yourself on this thing. It ain’t always cheap going green, but at least you can be quick about it if your pockets are deep enough. I’m glad to see the Canadians getting in on the electric motorcycle action. Maybe Jo can lay off the Canadians for a little while. Then again, maybe not.

Source: Lito Green Motion via Treehugger

Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.





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  • LDJ

    I think the better electric motorcycle to compare to is not Brammo’s Enertia Plus, but their Empulse 10.0 (100 mile range, 100 mph top speed, under $14,000).

    • @ LDJ

      Noted and edited.

      I’ll always admit to being more of a car guy than a motorcycle guy. I barely trust myself with four wheels, nevermind only two!

  • I like it…but I cannot afford it. Make one for under 20 grand and I’ll wait in line for it.

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  • That touchscreen looks cool, but having it on the right side of the “tank” makes no sense. Your right hand controls the throttle and the front brake. The left hand is free (no clutch).

    • Maybe they’ve intended it as a “safety” feature so you don’t use it while riding. 😉

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  • Keep in mind though that Electric torque does not equal the same thing as Gasoline/Diesel torque. Take the Fisker Karma; it’s slower to 60 (5.2 vs. 5.8 sec), and in the 1/4 mile, yet it has the same Hp (400), and 3 times more peak torque (900 lb-ft vs. 369 lb.-ft.) than the Porsche Panamera S. Add to that it weighs a pound less than the Porsche. If a Petroleum fueled car that’s mechanically the same as the Karma had that high gross torque, it would certainly quicker, Especially in the 0-60 aspect, where the off-the-line 900 lb-ft of muscle would certainly achieve a second or more quicker.

  • Nissan Life? I think you mean the Nissan Leaf

  • They haven’t actually built this bike yet, those are all concept drawings, and projections of power and range. It’s a good looking e-bike for sure.

  • Let me see a picture of one that is really built and not a bunch of computer-generated models and I may start to drool. I had a deposit down on a Mission Motors Mission One, which exists in reality yet is still not for sale. 12kw just does not add up to 185 miles best case no matter how you slice it. Vaporware.