Alta Motor Electric Redshift Wins Geneva Supercross Pro Riders
And it’s another win for electric motorcycles with Alta Motors and Josh Hill winning the Geneva Supercross on the company’s Redshift MX.
And it’s another win for electric motorcycles with Alta Motors and Josh Hill winning the Geneva Supercross on the company’s Redshift MX.
This is the first time an electric motorcycle competes and wins a race in the Supercross format. This means Alta also secures another young racing talent, Ty Tremaine for the Supercross championship on an electric motorcycle.
You’re probably aware of the incredible foray into the motorcycle motocross world Alta Motors has been pushing for. You can read our CleanTechnica special interview with Marc Fenigstein here. Hailed as one of the leaders in global lightweight electric vehicles, the company made two-wheel history when Josh Hill on its Redshift MX electric motorcycle snatched the Geneva Supercross championship on a Redshift. Alta Motors also announced that it secured Ty Tremaine to ride for Alta on its Redshift EX.
The company has much to celebrate. High from a record sales year, as well as national expansion, Alta is now gearing up for a big year of racing for 2018. Unlike Formula 1 and Formula E, which are two separate races with two separate drivetrains, Alta is still fighting gas-powered motorcycles with the electric Redshift electric motorcycle — and winning! Part of that success has been Josh Hill who is joined by Ty Tremaine as of next year, when the company is set to continue to bother gasoline-powered motorcycle racing by proving an electric motor on a motorcycle is superior in short races.
When Electric Motorcycles Displace Gas-Powered Motorcycles
The Geneva Supercross is an international competition with one of the largest tracks in Europe. Alta rider Josh Hill proved that an electric bike can not only compete, but win.
What most might not know was that a shipping snafu led Josh to locate a stock-year-old Redshift MX in Europe from another Alta customer. After swapping in his own suspension, he raced against motocross-legend Ricky Carmichael, aka G.O.A.T—the Greatest Of All Time.
Although all bets and eyes were on G.O.A.T., Josh came up from behind with a borrowed bike and edged out Carmichael 3-2 overall. This is a momentum event and represents the first time an electric motorcycle has not only competed and won on a supercross track. Add celebration to cheers, this was Alta’s first appearance in Europe where the company who knows what the future of motorcycle racing looks like, with electric motors.
An excited Ty Tremaine was quoted saying: “After seeing pros like Josh Hill and Kurt Nicoll race Alta’s bikes, I was intrigued but skeptical… It wasn’t until testing the bike that I became truly impressed with how well it handled and the potential for racing. Like many riders, I want to win, so the decision to sign with Alta was easy. Looking ahead to 2018, I’m excited to put the Redshift EX to the test.”
Ty Tremaine is considered to be one of the top three professional riders in Supercross and was raised in South Lake Tahoe, California. He sharpened his skills riding in high-speed desert races before claiming two X Games Finals, as well as being named the FIM Junior SuperEnduro World Champion in 2015 when he was 18.
Tremaine will compete riding Alta’s Redshift EX in the 2018 Supercross series, the Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout, and a number of sprint enduro events across North America to further cement Alta’s lead in the field. Tremaine and Hill racing with Alta’s Redshift means they will both be a force to be reckoned with on the track next year. The show is about to get hotter.
An ecstatic Marc Fenigstein, Alta Motors CEO, said: “We designed, manufactured and raced a bike we thought could challenge the best incumbents, and are so grateful to have Josh Hill as an early adopter make electric bike history and prove us right. We’re also very excited to share the Redshift platform with Ty Tremaine to see what we can do together in 2018, competing for the Endurocross championship.”
Alta Motors Electric Redshift Platform Spells A New Beginning for Motorcycle Races
We saw the writing on the wall at the 2013 Pikes Peak Hillclimb International Race when Richard Hatfield’s LS-218 out over 20 seconds in front of the best Ducati at the time. Today’s Geneva Supercross on the company’s Redshift MX is another clear indication that an electric motor far surpasses that of a gasoline engine.
Congratulations Alta Motors with your electric Redshift platform. You are changing the face of the world of racing.
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Alta unleashes 50-horsepower, street-legal Redshift EXR
Alta Motors has expanded its electric dirt bike range with the road legal Redshift EXR. Beefed up to 50 horses and packing upgraded WP suspension and a 4-hour trail riding range out of a 1.5 hour charge, the EXR looks like serious sideways fun in a zero-emissions, near-silent package.
Fresh from a historic appearance at the famous Erzberg Rodeo – even if it ended up being a learning experience rather than a triumph – Alta Motors has announced its latest model for 2019.
The EXR is a street-legal road/trail bike designed for short to medium length trail blasting and the odd city commute. Its 5.8 kilowatt-hour battery is good for around 50 miles of road riding, four and a bit hours of zooming around in the bush, or three 25-minute flat-out backyard moto heats.
Four power levels let you balance things between outright power and efficiency, with the top Overclocked mode giving access to horsepower beyond the motor‘s rated continuous output. That means you get a fair bit of extra kick, but if you flog it too hard, the bike might need to thermally limit itself until it cools down again.
The motor steps up from the 2018 EX’s 42-horsepower job to a full 50 ponies with 42 lb-ft of torque available at all times, albeit through a single speed direct drive. Performance in Sport mode is comparable to something in a 350cc race bike, Alta claims.
Also new for 2019 is upgraded suspension from WP – XPlor 48 forks with the adjustable damping split between them – 30 clicks of compression on the left, 30 clicks of rebound on the right. The new suspension was developed specifically for the Redshift bikes. There’s Brembo brakes, Warp 9 wheels and Metzeler enduro tires, as well as Acerbis bodywork.
At a list price of US12,495, the EXR is nearly US2,000 more expensive than, for example, the KTM 350 EXC-F enduro machine. Of course, you can easily make up that money in fuel, air filters, servicing, oil and piston rings if you put the miles on it, not to mention saving yourself a bunch of time in the shed.
As on these electrics continue to drop, it becomes more and more a personal decision whether you’re willing to sacrifice all-day range for zero maintenance and near-silent stealth. We’re gonna need a new term for braaaap one of these days, though!
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Havn’t ridden a dirt bike since I was a teenager, this one sounds like a good start. Especially when the price comes down.
These bikes are getting more and more tempting. I feel like I could almost get away with riding one, but I would sure hate to run out of juice on a long singletrack ride.
Knock that price in half and I’ll go into hock for one. I hope Alta and Zero get into price wars so we all win. But, hurry, guys! Month after month, MC fever hits me harder and harder, and I’m torn between a 10k Zero FX, a 12z Alta, and a sub-2k Chiwanese Hawk 250 Enduro while my Social Security check laughs at me. (The tax rebates don’t apply to me. )Loz, you’re right about braaaaap. Having heard both a Zero and a KLM run, it’s more like a zzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzz, but there’s nothing sleepy at all about their acceleration, so we’ll have to find another term. How about ZzzzzAh? Sort of a zip to speed and then an ah, or the last portion of the word huzzah. (shrug)
Electric motorcycles are improving but still a little niche but electric bicycles are seeing a lot of growth currently. All the major ebike companies (Juiced, Rad Power, Luna etc.) are struggling to keep bikes in stock. Rad Power bikes saw their revenue go from 7 to 30 million from 2016 to 2017. A 750 watt ebike motor only works out to about 1 HP but something like the Juiced RipCurrent S has a top speed of about 30 MPH and a range of 40-100 miles. That’s nothing close to this beast but they are 2k and bike trail legal. RadRover is pretty similar. My ebike makes about 2 HP peak which is still a lot of fun in the woods and on trails. For just casually strolling through the woods a 50HP machine is overkill anyway. You can do 30 MPH (48 kph) through the woods on an electric mountain bike for 1/6th or 1/8th of the cost of these. The performance of electric mountain bikes is approaching the point where they are becoming a viable alternative to a proper dirt bike. The 3500 Luna Sur Ron with a 6000 watt (8 HP) motor is another example of a top end ebike that’s good enough on dirt trails for people that don’t want to drop 13k on something that’s really more for balls out racing.
Gawd I would LOVE one of these. But I do regularly spend more than 4 hours out in the woods, and then I still have hours of more fuel in my WR250R with a 3 gallon tank in case something goes wrong (getting lost or a dead end trail). And if I run out, I have a small siphon hose where I could borrow some fuel from another rider. I really can’t wait for battery tech to get to the point where a bike this size can go 300 miles on a charge. My other problem is a ride for a long weekend and I can’t see how this could be charged in the woods or using the truck I carry the bike around on (whereas I can fuel the bike at any gas station or with a small jerry can strapped to the back of the truck. But I SOOO want an electric dual sport! The power! The silence!
Harley-Davidson Invests in Electric Bike Maker Alta Motors
Harley-Davidson announced today that it has made an equity investment in Alta Motors, a manufacturer of lightweight electric motorcycles, and that the two companies will collaborate on electric motorcycle technology and new product development.
“Earlier this year, as part of our 10-year strategy, we reiterated our commitment to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders, in part, by aggressively investing in electric vehicle (EV) technology,” said Harley-Davidson President and CEO Matt Levatich. “Alta has demonstrated innovation and expertise in EV and their objectives align closely with ours. We each have strengths and capabilities that will be mutually beneficial as we work together to develop cutting-edge electric motorcycles.”
Harley-Davidson has already announced the planned launch of its first electric motorcycle, informed by Project LiveWire. That motorcycle is on track for release in 2019.
Since its inception, Alta Motors has designed and commercialized the world’s most advanced electric motorcycles, enabling everyone from pro riders to new riders to experience “the future of fast.”
“Riders are just beginning to understand the combined benefits of EV today, and our technology continues to progress,” said Alta Motors Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Marc Fenigstein. “We believe electric motorcycles are the future, and that American companies have an opportunity to lead that future. It’s incredibly exciting that Harley-Davidson, synonymous with motorcycle leadership, shares that vision and we’re thrilled to collaborate with them.”
As electric-drive innovation brings new levels of ease, accessibility and control, Harley-Davidson and Alta Motors aim to attract new audiences who are inspired by motorcycles and drawn to the “twist-and-go” ease and exhilaration of an electric motorcycle with no gears or clutch.
“We believe that EV is where global mobility is headed and holds great appeal for existing riders as well as opportunity to bring new riders into the sport,” said Levatich. “We intend to be the world leader in the electrification of motorcycles and, at the same time, remain true to our gas and oil roots by continuing to produce a broad portfolio of motorcycles that appeal to all types of riders around the world.”
About Alta Motors Alta Motors is a designer and manufacturer of electric motorcycles and lightweight EV drivetrains with a proprietary technology platform that offers new levels of energy density and performance. It offers a complete portfolio of battery and drivetrain components, a fleet of motorcycles manufactured at its Brisbane, California, facility and a trophy-case of podium finishes. Alta’s award-winning Redshift platform is now available to riders at 44 U.S. dealerships across 19 states. For more information, visit altamotors.co.
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Oh goody – no gears, no clutch, no noise = no Harley customers. I recognize that Harley needs to cultivate a new generation of “Baby Bikers” but I think I speak for those of us with gray beards when I offer a respectful, “No Thanks”. 2003 Ultra Classic – 100 year Anniversary – not to be confused with 105 – 110 – 111 – well, you get the point.
Think of it, a new Harley Davidson dirt bike. Back in the 1970’s they rebadged Italian dirt bikes. One of the brands they used for a Harley enduro was a Benelli. They also were into the snowmobile thing back in the early-mid 70’s, first with AMF and then by themselves. Funny, even their snowmobiles were known to be loader than most anything else.
I’m not a Harley owner and probably at this late date never will be but I understand what they’re trying to do. Harley has been struggling, as has every one else, to get their footing back after the ‘Great Recession’ of 2008. Bike sales are down substantially for just about every manufacturer and they’re all trying to field new more ownable and rideable new bikes that might appeal to younger buyers who are perhaps more attuned to the new technologies such as electric power. If they can achieve a reliable electric bike with a 300 mile range that can be recharged in a reasonable period of time I can see urban riders where parking is scarce, fuel is expensive, and noise is something they’d like to get away from. They make a lot of sense in city environments where absolute range isn’t as important as maneuverability, lighter weight, and easy handling would be primary.
Actually, you don’t speak for all grey beards. I have nerve damage to my left hand that severely limits clutch use. I bought a 650 Burgman scooter with twist and go and loved it.I ama true HD fan and can ride my Switchback, but the no clutch thing is real and good.
Lets hope that Alta doesn’t allow HD to gain controlling interest so that they can run them into the ground like Buell.
I rode the HD Project Liverwire bike and liked it other than the limited range. What has prevented me from purchasing an electric bike is the lack of dealer support in most parts of the county which won’t be an issue with HD.
Cannot wait for an EV bike, I have a 1500 cc and electric car. Would enjoy not having to stop at a gas station ever again.
Have driven a Harley for over 55 years and enjoyed every mile! There comes a time when the future techies prevail! It is time for Harley to see the future for what it is! Whether it be electric, solar, or what ever! This is a step to the future of motorcycling. I will be happy to be one of the first buyer and continue the Harley legacy! Good Luck!!
Recall issued for new Alta electric enduros
In a letter published online, the US Department of Transportation has issued a safety recall for the Alta Redshift EXR and MXR electric bikes.
The problem was described as follows:
“Alta Motors (Alta) is recalling certain 2019 Alta Redshift EXR and 2018-2019 Alta Redshift MXR motorcycles. The software for the throttle control may fault if the throttle is rolled forward past the closed position. possibly resulting in a motorcycle stall.”
With the recall expected to begin this month, Alta will notify owners and dealers to install an update for the throttle software, free of charge.
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The Californian electric bike manufacturer Alta Motors released details on their new 2019 Redshift EXR earlier this year.
Boasting 49bhp with 42ftlb of torque, the EXR is Alta’s top-of-the range model and is fully road legal, meaning it can be used for green lane riding as well as pure off-roading.
Building on the 2018 Enduro EX’s base, the 2019 R version adds upgraded WP suspension as well as squeezing more performance from the firm’s water-cooled electric motor through a new 5.8kWh Li-ion battery. Charge times are also reduced (to just one-and-a-half hours) and its weight cut to a trim 124kg.
Although there is currently no UK importer for Alta motorcycles, MCN understands a firm is close to securing the rights to bring these bikes into the UK and expects to import the full model range in 2019. While Alta’s new offering neatly dodges one of the main issues with electric bikes, weight, it still fails to fend off concerns about a high ticket price.
The Redshift EXR is expected to retail for about £12,500; which is around £4000 more than a petrol-powered equivalent spec enduro. However, the EXR should be eligible for the government’s electric grant knocking it down to £11,000.
Range is claimed to be about 50 commuting miles with four hours of spirited trail riding reckoned to be possible on a single charge.
WP XPlor 48 forks split damping functions between legs with the compression. WP shock is fully-adjustable.
Alta claim the EXR can cover 50 miles of commuting, four hours trail riding or three 25 motocross sessions.
The EXR has four power maps; Eco, Sport, Performance and Overclocked, with power and torque varied.
Alta’s liquid-cooled electric motor revs to 14,000rpm and weighs 6.8kg. Producing 49bhp and 42ftlb of torque.
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