Anyone who’s curious about the inner workings of a high-performance electric motorcycle should check out this new video from Brammo. Director of Product Development Brian Wismann uses a cutaway of a 2013 Empulse to give a grand tour of its components.
From the 10 Amp/hour lithium-ion battery cells, grouped into 7 modules of 36 cells each, to the electronic controllers and voltage converter, to the 6-speed gearbox to the surprisingly compact water-cooled electric motor, Brian explains how it all works together.
The 2014 Empulse has a top speed of 110 mph and delivers over 880 Nm (650 ft-lbs) of torque to the rear wheel. According to Brammo, performance is comparable to that of 650 cc twin class motorcycles.
A J1772 charge coupler plugs into a standard household outlet, and a 3 kW onboard charger makes the Empulse compatible with the over 7,500 Level 2 public charging stations available in the US.