Lightning Electric – Solar Powered Motorcycle Wins Pikes Peak Hill Climb

A Lightning electric motorcycle built in San Carlos, Calif., beat all gas-powered competitors at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colo. June 30.

This solar powered electric motorcycle won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

This solar powered electric motorcycle won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Rider Carlin Dunn, now three-time consecutive winner of the annual race, beat all 82 motorcycles entered. And the bike’s battery pack was charged from a 2.5-kilowatt mobile solar array from DC Solutions, powered by SMA inverters.

Dunne posted a time just over 10 minutes (10:00.694) over the 12.42-mile paved course, featuring 156 turns and climbing 4,720 feet to the 14,110- foot summit of Pikes Peak. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second-oldest race in America, behind the Indianapolis 500.

Lightning claims to build the fastest production motorcycles in the world. In December the Lightning SuperBike set a land speed record for electric motorcycles — 189 mph — at El Mirage Lakebed in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino, Calif.

 

 

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