By now, most Americans have become familiar with the Teutul family of Orange County New York because of their hit television series, Orange County Choppers.
While loud bikes and amazing designs have captured viewers attention for years, this week, it was all about innovation. Paul Teutul Senior took a brand new chopper, custom fabricated in his Orange County Chopper headquarters, and hit the road to unveil an environmentally safe alternative to gas guzzling road hogs… an all electric bike custom fabricated for Siemens.
Siemens announced the project via a press release on the PRNewswire on August 12th.
Included in that press release were these details:
“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,” said Daryl Dulaney, President & CEO of Siemens Building Technologies. “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.”
“If energy or energy efficiency is involved–Siemens is involved,” said Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy, Inc. “Our technologies are helping to more efficiently and cleanly produce, deliver, consume and conserve energy. And these technologies are here today. This bike represents the spirit of innovation and passion we have for seeking sustainable solutions for our planet.”
Orange County Choppers, a leading manufacturer of custom motorcycles, built the Siemens Smart Chopper over the course of a month. Siemens also developed a compatible Smart Grid-ready charger which communicates with the utility to enable charging when the electricity is most affordable.
The motorcycle features and design include:
– First electric chopper by Orange County Choppers
– Recycled materials
– Advanced DC Motors Inc. Series Wound 8″ motor
– LED lighting by OSRAM SYLVANIA, a Siemens company
– 27 Peak horsepower and maximum speed of 100 MPH
– Range of 60 miles on a single charge
– On-board charger that can be plugged into any 110-volt outlet
“Building an electric bike from recycled materials was something new for us, but we definitely enjoyed the challenge and think that the end product makes a great addition to our wide range of unique motorcycles,” said Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers, based in Newburgh, N.Y. “While electric bikes probably won’t surpass traditional ones for the foreseeable future, we also think that energy efficient technologies are increasingly important for both manufacturers and consumers.”
While the episode of Orange County Choppers where the team builds the bike won’t premiere until October 22nd, some photos and videos have surfaced online: