Alta Electric Moto-X Takes Historic First National-level EV Win

2016 Alta RedShift MX

Weighing in at 251 lbs. and packing 40 HP from its 13,750 RPM electric motor, the Alta RedShift MotoX electric motorcycle seemed destined for greatness as soon as it debuted. A lot of electric startups look great on paper, though. It remained to be seen whether or not the RedShift could deliver on the track. That’s exactly what happened at Red Bull Straight Rhythm this weekend, where Alta scored its first national-level supercross win. A historic first for an electric motorcycle. (!)

That historic win for an electric bike had a bit of extra “Hollywood” to it from the start, too. The ride signaled the return of Josh Hill, who came out out of retirement to ride the Alta RedShift MX for the Red Bull-sponsored weekend.

Not bad for a bike starting at under $15K, right?

According to Jensen Beeler, at A&R, “Alta has eyes on furthering its racing résumé, targeting the Redshift MX to compete in other lites class races. We could soon see the … RedShift MX in various 250cc motocross, supercross, and supermoto events in the US.” Here’s hoping they actually follow through and bring some TTZero-level EV excitement to a dirt track near you!

You can check out some of this past weekend’s race highlights in the Red Bull-produced video, below, then let us know if you think electric bikes like the Alta have a real shot against their gas-powered rivals in the comments section at the bottom of the page. And, before anyone says it, you get absolutely zero points for guessing that the Alta will probably show up on next year’s Best Fuel-efficient Motorcycles List.


Red Bull Straight Rhythm 2016 Highlight Video

Source | Images: Alta Motors, Red Bull Racing, via Asphalt and Rubber.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.