Electric motorcycles are so new that it’s hard to put their performance characteristics into perspective. Mission Motors, one of the new breed of electrified two-wheeled manufacturers, has accomplished the mechanical equivalent of sprinting a couple of weeks after you’re born: breaking the 150 MPH mark (and unofficially breaking the electric motorcycle land speed record) less than two years after the company was founded. Mission’s baby took to the Bonneville salt and hit a two-way average of 150.059 MPH, with an earlier unofficial sprint of up to 161 MPH. The bike is still a prototype; however, it’s the same bike that took 4th place at the TTxGP “Green Grand Prix” at the Isle of Man earlier this year.
The Silicon Valley startup company is looking to be “the Tesla” of electric bikes (we’re not sure if that should be such a compliment) and is stuffed with Tesla expatriates and other similarly-minded free-thinkers. The goal is to make a superbike that is competitive with conventionally-powered alternatives, and with this accomplishment so early in the development cycle of the prototype (7 months!), we think it’s a promising start. Especially since battery and motor technology is finally picking up speed with parallel developments in the automotive world. The plug-n-play aspect of an electric motorcycle is really compelling, so as Mission keeps developing the chassis we’ll get more and more excited. They’re looking to start selling a $70,000 production version of this bike next year, but all the specs are under tight wraps, so we don’t have any numbers for you to digest. Patience, friends, patience.