OCC Builds First Electric Chopper
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Orange County Choppers
Paul Teutul, Sr. and the OCC crew have created an electric chopper for the electronic and engineering powerhouse, Siemens.
is going green. Paul Teutul, Sr. was seen cruising around New York City's Time Warner Center Wednesday on what is being touted as the first electric chopper. The latest custom motorcycle built by the OCC crew runs on batteries and is made from recycled parts. Even the water-based paint is eco-friendly.
Paul Sr. was commissioned to build the green bike for electronics and electrical engineering powerhouse Siemens. The Siemens Smart Chopper is claimed to have a range of 60 miles after charging up for five hours and is said to reach a top speed of 100mph. Better yet, you can plug it into a standard 110 V outlet to juice it back up, then you’re back on the road.
“Building an electric bike from recycled materials was something new for us, but we definitely enjoyed the challenge,” said Paul Teutul, Sr.
The electric chopper is powered by a series-wound 8-inch motor with 27 peak horsepower from Advanced DC Motors Inc. It utilizes 72-Volt DieHard AGM batteries (96 12-Volt Cells) and has an on-board charger and LED lights from Osram Sylvania. Everything was hand-fabricated in the OCC shop.
Long and low, the Siemen Smart Chopper sports a 21-inch wheel up front and a wide 300mm rear. It has swept-back handlebars and angular bodywork that completely encases the engine and batteries. For a green bike, it’s pretty styling.
Siemens plans on showing the bike at trade shows and conferences to promote green technologies and the message of sustanability before being auctioned off for charity. It will be featured on TLC’s American Chopper
on Thursday, October 22.
Sieman Smart Chopper Technical Specs:
Type Advanced DC Motors Inc. series wound 8-inch motor with
27 peak horsepower and 72-96 volts peak electrical output
Type 72-volt DieHard AGM batteries (96 12-volt cells)
Capacity 72 volts with input standard 110V
: Direct drive Clutchless one-speed with 4:1 dual-chain drive
Front Brakes are fully hydraulic, stainless steel dual disc (hand controlled);
Rear Brakes are fully hydraulic, stainless steel dual disc (foot controlled)
• Front Tire
21 x 3.5 Metzeler and Rear Tire 18 x 10.5 (300mm) Metzeler
120 inches and head angle 40 degrees plus 5 in trees
Approx. 75 lbs; total weight about 350 lbs
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