Lightning Motorcycles will present the LS-218, the production version of its electric race bike, on May 17 at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California.
Based in San Carlos near San Francisco, Lightning is famous for its electric race bikes that have won numerous races, beating for example all the gas-powered bikes at the last Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The LS-218 will be the street version of this race bike, and Lightning calls it the “the most technologically advanced and highest performing street-legal production motorcycle in the world”.
It has an IPM liquid-cooled motor capable of generating 200 hp and 168 ft.-lbs. of torque (228 Nm). Three different battery packs will be available: 12, 15 and 20 kWh. Lightning claims a 100 miles range for the 12 kWh version, rechargeable in 30 minutes via a public quick charger.
Le LS-218 comes with Ohlin suspensions, Brembo disc brakes and magnesium wheels. The regenerative braking system is user-programmable. Total weight is 495 lbs. (225 kg), and prices will start at $38,500 (28000 euros).
You can reserve your LS-218 on Lightning’s web site, but it is unclear yet when it will be available for delivery.