SBO Award Winners 2013: Brammo's electric roar
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Brammo designs and develops electric vehicles such as the Enertia and Empulse R motorcycles.
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It’s been a fine year for Brammo. And by extension, it’s been a great year for those who love fast electric motorcycles.
Yes, there’s a connection. First, a bit about Brammo. The company designs and develops electric vehicles such as the Enertia and Empulse R motorcycles. These machines are full-on EVs designed as environmentally sound units that don’t compromise on performance.
Now, back to the company’s year:
- It raised $4.5 million in equity funding in the spring. That hefty figure arrived on top of $13 million it has nabbed since the beginning of 2012.
- Brammo recently announced plans for a new headquarters in Talent in southern Oregon. It also expects to open a research and development office in Portland.
- Brammo’s bikes are getting workouts at racetracks throughout the country. In July, Shane Turpin took top honors at a race at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Earlier this year, the company’s cycles gained entry into the American Federation of Motorcyclists.
The Modesto, Calif.-based Federation now allows those riding the Empulse R, Empulse TTX and Empulse RR to compete for points and championship positions.
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