Brammo Empulse Gets Minor Updates for 2014

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Oregon based electric motorcycle company Brammo has announced the release of updated Empulse and Empulse R models for 2014.

The changes to the 2014 Brammo Empulse electric motorcycles are minimal at best, and primarily coming in the form of an updated and waterproof LCD dash, Continental Sport Attack 2 tires, and tapered aluminum handle bars for better riding stance.

Significant figures have also been updated, with Brammo Claiming a top speed of 110 mph for the Empulse, while the weight has been dropped by 10 lbs to 460 lbs at the curb. Both the Empulse and Empulse R both produce 54 hp, but the R produces 66 lb-ft of torque compared with 46.5 for the base model.

Other, mostly cosmetic, changes include two new colors, “bold” new graphics and nickel plated battery brackets that add a “technical” look.

Charging is handled via the 3 kW on-board charger and 10.2 kWh battery pack (9.31 kWh nominal), which allows the Empulse to be recharged at any of the 7,000 level 2 public charging stations across the US or any power outlet with the supplied J1772 coupler.

Brammo claims that, using one of the many Level 2 charging stations, the bike can be charged in three and half hours, while an eight and half hour charge time can be achieved from Level 1 charger.

“The 2014 Empulse represents a huge effort by the engineering team at Brammo to further refine and reduce the platform’s weight for the bike’s sophomore model year,” said Brammos’ Head of Product Development Brian Wismann.

“We’ve also ensured that the bike is ready for its European launch with additional testing and certifications required for the EU market. All the hard work will be worth it when the first customer in Europe twists the throttle and gets their first ‘EV grin.'”

Although the first customer may get their first “EV grin” after twisting the throttle, there is a good chance it will be replaced by a frown after seeing the starting price of  $16,995 compared to $12,995 for the 2014 Zero S.