Coolest Earth Day ride: The Sora electric superbike
Recently certified by the Canadian government, this slick ride can do 0 to 60 mph in four seconds and cruise around for 185 miles.
If you wanted to impress on Earth Day, you could do worse than this all-electric motorcycle from Canada.
The Sora superbike from Quebec-based Lito Green Motion is finally hitting the streets after years of development and promos. The Canadian Ministry of Transport recently certified the firm as a motorcycle manufacturer, and the $41,000 bike is getting lots of attention.
The Sora, which means "sky" in Japanese, has a 12 kWh lithium polymer battery and a range of 185 miles on a single charge, which takes 8 hours, or 90 minutes with a quick charger. It can be recharged anywhere using a conventional plug.
Its top speed is 120 mph and it can do 0 to 60 mph in about four seconds. Lito is emphasizing that the Sora is designed to satisfy on a performance basis.
Quiet and virtually free of vibration because it has few moving parts, the Sora design was inspired by bobber, streetfighter, and cafe racer bikes. Its innovative seat can be moved up or down at the touch of a button depending on road conditions (low for highway, and high for city driving).
Other features include an integrated 5.7-inch touch-panel LCD that shows GPS information and the Safe Range System app, which manages battery charge depending on the destination you set.
The Sora is being billed as the world's first keyless and continuously variable transmission electric motorcycle. It also has a regenerative braking system to help preserve battery power on the road.
Check out more pics of the Sora in the gallery below. Would you ride one?