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Lightning seems to know what they are getting into...
Richard Hatfield is no stranger to setting records in alternatively powered vehicles. He began his career on a team that built an electric Porsche race car back in 1995.
After that experience, Hatfield said he was convinced that electric powered vehicles were far superior to gasoline powered, and by 2006 he and his company, Lightning Motorcycles, had built and tested an electric sport bike. Three years later, Lightning was breaking the land-speed record for an electric powered bike, and in 2013, they won the grueling and dangerous Pikes Peak race.
Today, as the head of Lightning Motorcycles in Silicon Valley, Hatfield has his sights set on a new record: creating an all-electric motorcycle that can do the 500-mile run between San Francisco and Los Angeles on a single charge. But Hatfield is not going it alone. He's enlisted the help of the Battery Innovation Center in Indiana, and said that without the bleeding-edge technology that comes out of the facility, the ride would be impossible.
Going The Distance
The feat is a tall order considering that the longest electric vehicle range among commercially available motorcycles and cars is just an EPA rated 315 miles, a record that currently belongs to Tesla. Hatfield, however, thinks it's doable even though no gasoline bike can currently do more than 320 miles on a single tank.
"We see ourselves as following in the footsteps of Tesla, and accomplishing the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles run would show that range anxiety is becoming a thing of the past," he said.