key points seem to be
with an estimate of 60 miles on a charge! The new motorcycle, speculated to be named the Enertia Plus, has better battery technology that make the range better.
and especially this:
Brammo has also expressed the fact that the owners of the original Enertia, like mine, will be able to take advantage of the new technology.
So it seems that it isn't getting the Empulse pack, but improved battery management...maybe a mild increase in size too.
Giving the better battery management to current owners is quite nice (like an os update for your computer). It alone probably won't give a full 20 miles extra in range, but could give a nice little bump.
Ahh, this was the article I saw :> I'm going to put on my tinfoil hat and guess that Brammo asked mtajudy to take it down, and gave her the goahead to repost yesterday with new info forthcoming. So another signal on the pile indicating new news is forthcoming..
Better battery management might lead to faster charge times and lower trickle charge current, and possibly to a more durable pack. I would be a little surprised to see a 10% increase in range just from better battery management.
I expect the next Enertia to keep the same form, maybe an inch or two wider at the body, and have a 4 or 5 kWh battery pack. It would be nice to get the full 6 or even 8 kWh from the Empulse, but that would take a much wider or deeper body.
It might not, *IF* they use the same cells they're planning to use in the Empulse. Those cells have substantially more claimed energy capacity per unit volume and unit mass than the valence packs in the Enertia - to the point where a 6.0 kwh pack might be lighter and take up similar space to the 3.1 kwh pack in the Enertia today. Packaging constraints might still force a redesign of the body, but I suspect the battery trays are designed to be fairly accommodating to a different pack.
Valence hasn't really announced any new battery packs, so if they continue to use Valence batteries they would need to redesign the trays.http://brammoforum.com/index.php?topic=377.msg1880#msg1880
* 6.0 kwh upgrade pack for $4-5k after trading in the existing batteries, double the range, slight acceleration and top speed (with re-gearing) increase, ETA mid 2011
* brammo enertia 4.0 for $7k (25-50 mi), 6.0 (40-80 mi) for $9k, liquid-cooled motor, ETA mid 2011
* wifi and GPS options, upgrades for existing enertias
* possibly a slight decontent on parts - question for existing enertia owners, would you have been happy to pay say $500-1000 less for less premium parts? (forks, brakes)