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From our friend Stephen Johnsen of Manzanita Micro

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Subject: [seva] Battery Electric Motorcycle places 2nd against Gas
Heavyweight Superbikes in a historic victory in California! AWESOME!
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:47:43 -0800
From: HPEV LLC <[email protected]>
Reply-To: SEVA <[email protected]>
To: SEVA <[email protected]>



Chip Yates lithium powered all-electric motorcycle blasts past countless
gasoline powered racing motorcycles as he battled his way up to the
front of the pack to take a 2nd place win at the at the Auto Club
Speedway in Fontana, California. Sunday January 9, 2010 will go down in
the history books as the day a battery powered motorcycle beat high
power gas bikes in a normally all gasoline motorcycle racing event! This
was the very first time that Chip's #89 Swigz racing bike ever raced in
such an event and it got podium positions in two races taking both a 2nd
and 3rd place!
This is the type of news that makes me extremely excited because there
were no special rules or treatment given to the electric bike by
officials and it was a genuine head-to-head race against the usual
petroleum powered monster bikes that race in the heavyweight superbike
class! They say that seeing is believing and just think of all the
motorcycle fans who will take note of the extreme power and fun that an
all electric powertrain can offer!
Check out the YouTube video taken from a camera mounted on Chip's
powerful electric motorcycle as he speeds through the track at speeds up
to 158mph! Yates began near the back of the lineup at the start of the
race and had to work his way past many other gas powered bikes in order
to get up toward the front to gain his 2nd place win. It's an
exhilarating video where you can hear the whine from the UQM Brushless
DC Motor and witness the incredible torque and acceleration of the
electric bike. Watch as Chip lifts the front wheel up a few times when
under heavy acceleration even when he's already going fast! Electric
vehicle aficionados are also sure to smile as he passes the gasoline
bikes sometimes even on the outside of corners!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIMQ0c7JKIU
Chip Yates and the Swigz racing team had initially planned to race in
the all-electric TTXGP motorcycle series as well as a special FIM
electric racing event but weight restrictions that were imposed
prevented the #89 bike from participating as it was a tad bit over the
limit. Chip didn't let this stop him and decided to simply go
head-to-head against gas powered motorcycles! They say "when life gives
you lemons make lemonade" and if life gives you lithium batteries and a
motor/controller package capable of nearly 200HP and 300 pound feet of
torque, well... make history and beat some gas bikes at their own game!
Way to go Chip Yates and team!
-Stephen Johnsen-
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