On Wednesday Seimens unveiled the first custom electric motorcycle dubbed the "Seimens Smart Chopper." The bike was designed and built by the prolific motorheads at Orange County Choppers. The chopper sports the signature OCC style but being electric it lacks the ground rumbling roar. OCC founder Paul Teutul Jr. admits that everyone loves loud pipes but points out that this bike is the future (check out the interview below).
The Smart Chopper rocks a 27 HP electric motor that has a max speed of 100 mph. You can go 60 miles on a charge but then will need about 5 hrs to recharge and hit the road again. On top of the energy efficient motor the bike is made with many recycle materials and adorned with water based paints. Daryl Dulaney, President & CEO of Siemens Building Technologies explains:
"We wanted to build this unique chopper to raise environmental awareness and reflect what the 69,000 employees of Siemens USA are doing to help America stay on the cutting edge of tomorrow's green economy. Siemens is already very much a part of the fabric of America, and our portfolio is one of the greenest in the business. Green is not marketing hype for us; it is in our DNA."
The bike will go on tour across the US then will be auctioned off in 2010 and the proceeds given to an environmentally focused charity. For more information check out the Siemens press release.