Lightning Motorcycles set a 189mph record with their new solar-powered motorcycle, Nov. 13, 2012 on the 1.3 mile El Mirage Lake course in the Mojave Desert in Southern California.
Lightning Motorcycles also holds the record on the longer, five-mile Bonneville Salt Flats: Their bike achieved 173mph in 2010, then broke the record again in 2011 with a stunning 215mph.
The motorcycle is powered by a portable solar array (created by DC Solar Solutions featuring Sunny Island inverters.) This feeds into the motorcycle via a 48-kWh battery pack that attaches to and fuels the bike’s on-board batteries. From a usability point of view, this should enable the bike to stay ‘fueled’ even when far from the grid, potentially indefinitely.
Lightning Motorcycles will be launching a manufactured version of this bike early next year that is mechanically the exact same bike, excluding the aerodynamic body. This should bring down the price of a Lightning Motorcycle sports bike, which is currently custom built at a starting price of $38,888.
Source: Solar Plaza.com