The world’s leading bicycle maker Arcimoto announced a collaboration with Lightning Motorcycles on Tuesday, July 7. The goal of this new partnership would be to “develop the world’s fastest reclining three-wheel motorcycle, gasoline or electric, using its patented tilting system.” Motor Works TRiO reclining trike technology.
What do the two companies say about the merger?
Commenting on the merger, Bob Mighell, Chief Tilting Officer of Acrimoto, said: “From the moment I met Richard Hatfield and saw the Lightning for myself at Bonneville, I knew there was the potential to create a unique electric tricycle in the history of motorcycles. “Mighell himself broke the ground speed record for 3-wheel motorcycles during the 2013 Motorcycle Speed Trials held at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.” This will be the first time we have been equipping an electric bike with the TRiO kit, and it certainly won’t be the last, as we are moving towards a sustainable future faster than ever, ”he added.
Commenting on the new partnership, Richard Hatfield, Founder and CEO of Lightning Motorcycles said: “As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance electric motorcycles, we are delighted to bring our technology and know-how to the collaboration with Arcimoto for the three-wheeler market. The convergence of our proprietary technology, the adoption of electric vehicles in the market, and the widely recognized environmental benefits of clean energy propulsion make this an excellent and exciting time to bring these vehicles to the mass market. “
“Our vision is to see Lightning electric motorcycles provide performance-oriented and environmentally friendly transportation, as well as adrenaline-inducing fun, for novice and experienced riders around the world. This collaboration amplifies our vision. It is an honor to build the first electric bike equipped with the TRiO alongside “Bonneville Bob Mighell,” who has proven throughout his career that trikes can and should fly, ”added Richard.
Arcimoto Founder and CEO Mark Frohnmayer praised the merger and said “This collaboration is something that can only happen between two legendary Bonneville speed demons.”
The Lightning SuperBike had set a record as the world’s fastest production motorcycle, electric or otherwise, with the official SCTA world record of 215.960 mph and a best time of 218.637 mph at Bonneville during the Speedweek in 2011. D On the other hand, Arcimoto’s Tilting Motor Works TRiO is the leading three-wheel tilting conversion kit for touring motorcycles.