Lightning battery and Enveate Present with 10 minute charge time

It’s a story as old as the electric motorcycle market. A startup oversells, undersells, then quickly disappears. This was the case with Lightning Motorcycles. After calling his LS-218 “the fastest production motorcycle” and dropping the ball with his budget Strike model, Lightning went missing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the company has scaled back its Hollister, Calif.-based operations, relegating itself around the corner from the headquarters of saddle company Corbin. These humble digs haven’t stopped Lightning from aiming for the stars, as the brand has teamed up with Niobium CBMM specialist for another land speed record attempt. Make the headlines Electric ADV and fully enclosed motorcycle designs followed soon after, but we still haven’t seen a production model materialize in 2022.

Despite this track record, Lightning Motorcycles appears to have the manufacturing power to help EV battery specialist Enevate bring an “extreme” fast-charging motorcycle power pack to market. As part of its prototype testing, Enevate installed a 24kW battery in the Strike Carbon model of Lightning. The team then fed the unit 400 amps, resulting in a charging time of less than 10 minutes and a range of 135 miles.

After running the prototype for 1,000 miles and multiple charging cycles on public 350kW charging stations (level 3: DC fast charging), the companies will commercialize the technology.

“For the consumer, this means that riders of electric motorcycles with Enevate technology can now ride alongside conventional motorcycles all day without having to wait for hours in front of the charger,” insisted Enevate CEO Robert A. Rank.

However, it’s not just Enevates’ iron in the electric fire. In January 2020, the Irvine, Calif.-based company introduced a silicone-dominant battery that recovers 75% of its capacity in just 5 minutes. In June 2021, Enevate signed a production license agreement with South Korean lithium-ion battery manufacturer EnerTech International for its XFC-Energy battery.

We sincerely hope that Lightning and Enevate can bring cutting-edge technology to the electric motorcycle segment, but Lightning hasn’t exactly put its production dollars where its mouth is. Until we see the “extreme” fast-charging battery in production models, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the partnership doesn’t just oversell, underdeliver and fade over time.

Robert M. Larson