Oregon electric motorcycle maker wins big

MotoCzysz, maker of electric racing motorcycles, made an international splash this week after winning a prestigious race for clean-emission vehicles on the Isle of Man: The TT Zero.

Michael Czysz, the man behind the tiny Portland-based company, is being hailed by Wired magazine as a "moto-genius."An extensive piece in Popular Science hails the MotoCzysz E1pc as "the world's most advanced electric motorcycle."

MotoCzysz's latest model boasts 10 times the battery capacity of a Toyota Prius.

The E1PC machine, ridden by Californian Mark Miller, lapped the mountain course on the Isle of Man in a time of 23 minutes 22.89 seconds to win the TT Zero race. The results narrowly missed out on a cash prize of £10,000 put up by the Isle of Man government for the first 100-mph lap in the zero-emissions race.

The Popular Science article indicates that MotoCzysz may be working on more than just high-end racing bikes, reporting that the company is partnering with Indian automobile giant Bajaj, which has been lining up partners to enter the electric car market.

The MotoCzysz blog has more details on the technology behind the bike.

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