In August of 1974, Mike Corbin (of motorcycle seat fame) set a motorcycle land speed record of 165.397 mph on a bike he named “Quicksilver.” The catch: it was entirely battery powered. Many people mistakenly think electric motorcycles are a new phenomenon, when in fact battery operated motorcycles have been around for quite some time. […]
Brammo HQ Catches Fire, $200,000 In Damages. Motorcycles OK
This weekend the Brammo research lab in Ashland, OR caught fire after a group of lithium-ion batteries ignited. Similar occurrences took place with the battery packs in the Boeing Dreamliner, Chevrolet Spark EV and Volt, raising questions to the safety of the lithium-ion battery packs. Thankfully, the emergency sprinkler system within the building doused the flames before things got too serious, but Brammo estimates damages to cost over $200,000, mainly from water damage caused by the sprinklers.
Thankfully, nobody was harmed during the fire. The research building is separate from the rest of Brammo’s facilities, including manufacturing, and the company’s director of marketing, Adrian Stewart, believes the fire won’t affect normal business, production or distribution processes.