Mission Motors’ mission is to “prove to the world that the future of performance is electric.”
Exhibit A: the Mission One Electric Motorcycle.
With a top speed of 150 miles per hour, the Mission One is the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle. It features a lithium-ion powered induction motor that produces 100 lb-ft of torque all the way up to 60 miles per hour. The bike has no clutch, no gears, no shifting necessary, and no engine noise, allowing the rider to focus without distraction on navigating the road before them. Sounds pretty Zen to us.
If the sheer performance weren’t enough to hook us, the Mission One has a real time data acquisition feature that allows one to record ride and bike data. One could ride for an hour or so, then pull out their laptop to wirelessly download data such as speed, lean angle, voltage, or efficiency, and use that information to improve upon their next run. The Mission One combines these features with stunning looks, tunable regenerative braking, a range of 150 miles, and a recharge time of two-and-a-half hours from a 220-volt outlet.
Mission Motors seems to understand supply and demand as much as they do electric motorcycle technology; The price tag on the Mission One is $68,995, and only 50 units will be delivered in 2010. Not cheap, but we’re willing to wager that there are plenty of folks who would place a much higher value on this type of riding experience.
As for their mission, Mission has convinced this jury of the viability of electric performance. We’d be happy to take a look at Exhibit B, though.
Click through their website to view the Mission One electric motorcycle: Mission Motors: Mission One