American company BRD Redshift presents a video starring their new electric supermoto SM, the road legal version of the prototype they had introduced last summer. The model will be their very first production motorcycle and is expected to make its debut on the market by the end of the current year, with the company saying they have received quite a few orders already.
This professionally made footage features stuntman Ryan Moore having fun with the BRD RedShift SM up and down the roads of San Francisco, and we have to say that the model looks pretty fun and versatile.
Lights and plate holder aside, it looks almost identical to the prototype it is based upon. The prototype had a 5,1 kWh li-ion battery which allowed it to perform like a 250 cc bike with a range of about 50 miles (80 km), but it seems likely that the road version will have an increased autonomy. As for the price, BRD said in August that it was going to be somewhere in the 15.000$ area. We did not get any further update about that.
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Here is the first full gallery of pics of the new BRD RedShift SM electric supermotard. As the US outfit attempts to achieve electric bike performance that can surpass that of fuel-powered bikes, hop on over to A&R to find out just how they’re doing that. The pics come direct from the BRD workshop and we can see what a great looking little bike the RedShift is, too.
The challenge for BRD has been to give the RedShift the kind of performance they were aiming for, while keeping weight down which is not an easy enterprise when using a 5.1kW battery. No official technical specs are available yet, including weight (although BRD says they’re sitting at about 113 kg right now), as the model is still in prototype phase but the company has so far given itself some publicity and is making some nice stuff. More to come in the future.
This is what the electric motorcycle market needed - a bunch of guys to set out and build an electric bike that would be as fast as a fuel-powered counterpart, if not more so. That is exactly the philosophy BRD pursued when it set up its business and now we get the first products emerging in the form of the BRD RedShift range. The first model is this lovely-looking roadgoing supermoto which will soon be followed by a RedShift MX enduro offering.
The BRD RedShift SM claims the same performance as a four-stroke 250cc fuel-powered bike. It has a water-cooled AC Motor producing 40 hp at less than 115 kg total weight. There is a 5.2 kWh electric motor onboard which is currently estimated to give the RedShift SM a range of about 80 km but no official technical specs are available at this stage as BRD still has testing to complete on the model.
The remarkable thing about the BRD electric motorcycle effort is that it is not just about the technology or a bunch of environmental geeks seeing where they can take electricity. BRD has built a business plan for itself, which includes the Supermoto SM model, the MX enduro and a RedShift PD which will be for government and private fleet usage. At a high price point of about $15,000 USD individual private sales are available but don’t make up the large part of planned sales at this stage, as BRD targets the fleet market instead.
The challenge for BRD will be the price in the future, but in terms of performance and power-to-weight, the BRD RedShift range is setting the bar high at this stage in a segment which will prove to be very competitive. As CEO Marc Fenigstain says: “We’re a team of riders and racers with high-performance gas machines in the garage. We’re building the bikes we’d rather be riding.” It looks like our previous list of the best electric motorcycles will have to be updated.
Source | A&R