by Cristina Foung
My favorite green product of the week: Electric Motorsport GPR-S Electric Motorcycle
What is it?
The GPR-S from Electric Motorsport is an all-electric motorcycle with lithium batteries and a light weight frame (250 pounds or so). The bike has a 14.2 kilowatt electric drive system and has a top speed of 70 miles per hour. The bike has a recharge time of 1.5 hours and gets 35-60 miles per charge.
Why is it better?
Electric motorcycles and scooters have a much higher well-to-wheel efficiency rating than gasoline powered bikes. Additionally, they have no tail-pipe emissions and therefore qualify as zero emissions vehicles. They’re also much quieter than traditional motorcycles, which for me, is a bonus. There’s no reason to add to the noise pollution.
The GPR-S is a great bike as it’s light weight (I was able to right the bike with no problems) and has motorcycle styling, which definitely appeals to a different demographic than the more scooter-like Vectrix. It seats two people quite comfortably, has decent acceleration, and is very easy to ride, given that there’s no gearbox or clutch. It would make a great learner’s bike.
Where can you find it?
You can find the GPR-S for $8000 at Electric Motorsport’s website (or if you’re in the Bay Area, they’re located in Oakland, CA).
Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at Huddler.com, which focuses on electric cars, organic personal care, and other green products.