Mission R and RS delayed again

Mission RS

Mission RS

We will now have to wait until the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2015 for the Mission R and Mission RS electric motorcycles.

It is reorganization time for the firm producing these bikes. It split up into 2 companies two years ago, with the creation of Mission Motorcycles and Mission Motors. The Mission R and RS were going to be developed by Mission Motorcycles, and Mission Motors was going to specialize into electric drivetrains for other OEMs. Well, now those two companies are back together under the umbrella of Mission Electric.

What does it really mean? Did Mission Electric find a new investor? Was the previous organization a failure? Is the new delay in the market introduction of the Mission R and RS the cause or a consequence of this reorganization? We don’t know yet what brought about these changes.

The Mission R and RS were supposed to be introduced this fall, which means there will now be at least another 9-month delay. Which is kind of sad, considering all the expectations riding on these bikes. That leaves us with Lightning and its LS-218. The web site says that “they will be build to order” and you can reserve one, but no availability date.

Lightning LS-218

Lightning LS-218

It looks like the Italian Energica Ego will be the first electric sports bike on the market, as it is still expected for “the beginning of 2015”.

Energica Ego

Energica Ego

Therefore, the Energica Ego will probably take the title of ” the Tesla of electric motorcycles”. What do you think?

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4 comments for this post
  1. yuval wrote the 15/09/2014

    The first sports bike? How about the Zero SR capable of under 4 second 0-60, and real-world range of more than 100 miles? I am a rider of the Zero FX which is the bottom of the line in rabge acceleration and price, and I ride it almost daily, mostly communter. nothing erupts from the traffic light as quickly, unless its an SR. Energica is likely another high-price hand-made few copy one-off whereas the Zero is real-world fun and useable for a sane price.

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  2. JP, the author of the post, wrote the 16/09/2014

    Energica plans to produce 500 bikes next year. If you call the Zero SR a sports bike, then you will have to call the Mission RS, the Lightning and the Energica super sports bike, because these last 3 bikes are not in the same category. All 3 have more than 100 kW motors and over 140 mph top speed, when the Zero SR has a 50 kW motor and a top speed of 102 mph. Apple and oranges, and the more different bikes we can choose from, the better.

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    • hypercat wrote the 12/06/2015

      Unless you are using the bike to race on a track any bike capable of 100+ mph is comparable. And it’s not the kW of the motor that counts but the performance. The Zero SR is a much lighter bike. So compare the 0-60 times. The Zero SR does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds. The Lightning LS-218 and the Mission RS have an ESTIMATED 0-60 time of 2.0 seconds assuming you can keep the front wheel down. Also compare the price. The Zero SR is $15,995 MSRP while the Lightning LS-218 more than twice the cost at $39,000.

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      • Albert wrote the 14/06/2015

        The best part about a Zero is that you can go to a dealer, buy a bike and ride it home. Which is something you cannot do with any of the other electric bikes you mention…

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