Mission One Electric Motorcycle Sets AMA Land Speed Record

The Mission One electric superbike set a land speed record of 150 MPH at the Bonneville Salt Flats for electric bikes on the 1st of September. This record sets the Mission Motors electric motorcycle apart from the herd, proving both the viability and performance capabilities of electric motorbikes. With individual runs as high as 161 MPH, the Mission One achieved speeds faster than 70% of the entrants at the annual BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials.

This was Mission’s first outing to Bonneville, and certainly a successful one. This is also not a one-off bike, but rather a production prototype. San Francisco-based Mission Motors says they are on track to deliver 300 of the bikes by the end of the 2010 model year. The ability to pull off power wheelies at 80 mph and achieve a 161 mph top speed — all with only one transmission gear — puts this squarely in same league as many of the best sports bikes.

Mission promises more than performance though; they estimate their all-electric bike will have a 150 mile range… for the price of a Z06 Corvette, give or take. You didn’t think this bike would be cheap, did you? The princely sum of $68,995 is what it will cost you to get behind the handlebars of this bad boy. But they also claim charging will take no longer than 2 hours out of a 240 volt outlet, or 8 hours in a 120 volt. With 100 ft-lbs of torque on tap starting at 0 RPM, and a torque curve as flat as Bonneville, this bike’s blistering performance may very well be worth it.

Check out Mission’s website for more info, or turn the page to read the press release.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.