Ener1 Announces Supply and Distribution Agreement with Lightning Motorcycles

Ener1's lithium-ion battery solutions to be used in Lightning's growing product line of racing and commuter motorcycles and scooters

NEW YORK, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ener1, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEV), a leader in lithium-ion energy storage solutions, today announced a supply and distribution agreement with Lightning Motorcycles, the maker of the world's fastest production electric motorcycle.  As part of the agreement, Ener1 will supply Lightning Motorcycles with its automotive-grade, lithium-ion battery cells -- designed for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles -- for use in its Lightning SuperBike.  Ener1 will also supply cells for Lightning's commuter motorcycle and scooter, which will be developed over the next few years.

Consumer demand for e-bikes is expected to continue its growth trajectory.  According to a 2010 report published by Pike Research, the global market for electric two-wheeled vehicles, including e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-motorcycles, will grow at a compound annual rate of nine percent through 2016.  Lightning Motorcycles is expecting to answer some of that demand by first introducing a street-legal version of its record-holding Lightning SuperBike, which became the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle with the FIM and AMA official world record of 173.388 mph during the world finals in October last year.

“We’ve tested many different battery solutions over the last year, including Ener1 and several of its competitors,” stated Richard Hatfield, founder of Lightning Motorcycles.  “The Lightning data and test results showed us that Ener1′s lithium-ion batteries far out-perform those from competing companies, which is why we’ve switched to using their cells in our electric motorcycles.  Lightning Motorcycles is committed to using what we believe to be the most powerful, safest, best-of-breed batteries on the market, which is why we’re also extremely pleased to be representing Ener1 as an official distributor.”

Lightning Motorcycles has been distributing electric parts and components for several years with a strong focus on and knowledge of serving the electric motorcycle and light-duty vehicle markets.  In addition to the supply relationship, Lightning Motorcycles will also serve as an end-user distributor for Ener1′s PHEV and EV lithium-ion cells.

“Lightning Motorcycles has an impressive pedigree in designing and developing electric motorcycles that win races, including the inaugural American TTXGP championship last year,” stated Chris Cowger, president, Ener1, Inc. “It’s that kind of experience that will help propel electric motorcycles to be on par with gas-powered motorcycles.  We’re pleased that Lightning has chosen Ener1′s lithium-ion batteries to power their record-holding SuperBike, as well as future e-bike development projects.  We also anticipate that Lightning’s knowledge and relationships in the industry will help us sell more PHEV and EV cells and energy storage solutions into the growing e-bike market.”


Motorcycles Granted Equal Access to Arizona Wildlife Refuge

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona has reversed an unwritten policy and is now allowing street-legal motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on certain roads, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

After being alerted by AMA member Keith Dishong that street-legal motorcycles were barred from three public access roads while trucks and other street-legal vehicles were allowed, AMA Western States Representative Nick Haris and Brian Hawthorne of the BlueRibbon Coalition contacted officials at the refuge, which is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Haris noted that the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan allows street-legal vehicles to use three access roads, so there was no reason to bar street-legal motorcycles and ATVs from those routes.

After investigating, refuge officials agreed.

The officials announced on May 18 that street-legal motorcycles and ATVs are now allowed on three public access roads: the El Camino del Diablo, Christmas Pass and Charlie Bell roads, which are outside designated Wilderness areas. No other roads or trails in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge are open to motorized use.

“This action does not open the refuge to unrestricted off-road vehicle activity,” refuge officials said in a news release. “Only the three public access roads already open to 4×4 vehicles are open to street-legal motorcycles and ATVs. These vehicles must abide by the same rules and restrictions as all other vehicles that access the refuge.

“Furthermore, permits for accessing these roads are required,” the officials said. “To reduce impact of large caravans, an additional special use permit is required for a party size of five or more vehicles traveling together or traveling in smaller groups but part of a larger organized event. This applies to all vehicles, including motorcycles and ATVs.”

Street-legal motorcycles and ATVs must run a mast displaying an orange flag at least 8 feet above the ground.

As part of ongoing efforts to recover endangered Sonoran pronghorn, seasonal road closures are in effect at the refuge through July 15.

Haris praised the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for reversing its policy that barred street-legal motorcycles and ATVs, and urged all appreciative motorcyclists and ATV riders to send notes of thanks to: Manager Sid Slone, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge,1611 North Second Ave, Ajo, AZ 85321 or send an email to Sid_Sloane@fws.gov.

“Land managers at the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge were responsive to our inquiries, and forthright in evaluating their existing policy banning street legal motorcycles and ATVs,” Haris said. “Motorcyclists everywhere can appreciate their efforts.”

The 1,000-square-mile Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge shares a 56-mile border with Sonora, Mexico. Almost all of the refuge is designated as Wilderness, which bars motorized recreation. The refuge features rugged mountain ranges, sand dunes and hardened lava flows.

 

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com

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