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SMART CHOPPER: SIEMENS AND OCC CUSTOM FIRST GREEN ELECTRIC CHOPPER

By • Aug 19th, 2009 • Category: ! Daily Info & Reviews
SMART CHOPPER SIEMENS  OCC CUSTOM ELECTRIC CHOPPER
Orange County Choppers, a leading manufacturer of custom motorcycles, built the Siemens Smart Chopper over the course of a month. Siemens also developed a compatible Smart Grid-ready charger which communicates with the utility to enable charging when the electricity is most affordable. Orange County Choppers was commissioned by Siemens to build an entirely electric motorcycle in order to raise environmental awareness. Given the New York-based custom CHOPPER builder’s tradition of building noisy and very spectacular choppers powered by a good old V-Twin engine, Siemens’s proposition might have sounded a bit unusual at first, but it was a challenge waiting to be taken.
OCC  ELECTRIC CHOPPER SPECS -The motorcycle features and design include:
 
* First electric chopper by Orange County Choppers
* Recycled materials
* Advanced DC Motors Inc. Series Wound 8″ motor
* LED lighting by OSRAM SYLVANIA, a Siemens company
* 27 Peak horsepower and maximum speed of 100 MPH
* Range of 60 miles on a single charge
* On-board charger that can be plugged into any 110-volt outlet
* 6 BATTERIES , 5 HOURS FULLY CHARGES
 
SIEMENS AND OCC CUSTOM FIRST GREEN ELECTRIC CHOPPER
 
First Electric Bike Made by Famed Orange County Choppers; Will Be Featured on Hit TV Show and Donated to Charity
 
NEW YORK, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Siemens (NYSE: SI) announced today that it has teamed up with renowned custom motorcycle manufacturer Orange County Choppers to build the first custom electric motorcycle. The “Siemens Smart Chopper,” which will be featured on the hit TV show American Chopper, was unveiled today in an event at the Time Warner Center.
 
“We wanted to build this unique chopper to raise environmental awareness and reflect what the 69,000 employees of Siemens USA are doing to help America stay on the cutting edge of tomorrow’s green economy,” said Daryl Dulaney, President & CEO of Siemens Building Technologies. “Siemens is already very much a part of the fabric of America, and our portfolio is one of the greenest in the business. Green is not marketing hype for us; it is in our DNA.”
 
“If energy or energy efficiency is involved—Siemens is involved,” said Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy, Inc. “Our technologies are helping to more efficiently and cleanly produce, deliver, consume and conserve energy. And these technologies are here today. This bike represents the spirit of innovation and passion we have for seeking sustainable solutions for our planet.”
 
 
“Building an electric bike from recycled materials was something new for us, but we definitely enjoyed the challenge and think that the end product makes a great addition to our wide range of unique motorcycles,” said Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers, based in Newburgh, N.Y. “While electric bikes probably won’t surpass traditional ones for the foreseeable future, we also think that energy efficient technologies are increasingly important for both manufacturers and consumers.”
 
Teutul is the driving force behind the family-owned business that grew from a hobby into a 70-person-plus operation that produces and sells 150 custom bikes a year to a broad public ranging from private individuals and celebrities to professional sports teams and Fortune 500 companies. Teutul’s custom bike shop is featured on American Chopper, a reality-style TV show, since 2002.
 
The American Chopper episode featuring the Siemens Smart Chopper is scheduled to air on TLC on Thursday, October 22 at 9PM ET/PT.
 
Siemens plans to showcase the Smart Chopper at energy and industrial tradeshows and conferences in the coming months. In 2010 motorcycle will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to a charitable cause that will help benefit the environment.
 
The end result was unveiled yesterday at the Time Warner Center by Siemens and Paul Teutul Senior itself and we must say that it looks as good as any other OCC creation so far, if not even better, given the futuristic tendency.
 
But while the looks aspect is discussable, the incontestable fact is that the 27-horsepower electric motor from Advanced DC powers the Siemens electric chopper to a 100+ mph top speed. The six batteries take five hours to charge and supply the bike with electricity for around 60 miles, which is quite decent.
 
Siemens plans to take their bike on a worldwide tour in 2010 and then THE OCC BIKE auction it and donate the money to “a charitable cause that will help benefit the environment.” Yes, that means you can even end up owning it if you’re a man with deep pockets and the fact that OCC says that it currently has no plans to mass produce an electric chopper until demand is here, makes this creation even more unique.
 
You know those powerful choppers – customized motorcycles, often with unusual designs – that can be heard in the next county when they zoom down the highway.Well, Orange County Choppers (OCC), the custom bike shop in Newburgh, N.Y., that has its own TV reality show, has a new take on the genre: no noise.No, it’s not a special muffler developed by NASA. It’s what OCC is calling the first custom electric motorcycle.
 
Yes, it’s a chopper that can keep up with a Harley-Davidsonhog” at 100 miles per hour without even waking up a baby. And, because the machine is electric, it has zero emissions compared with most cycles, which pollute the air at about the same level as a car built in the 1980s.
 
As Paul Teutul Sr., the driving force behind the bike shop, steered it around New York’s Columbus Circle on Wednesday, the only noise was the sound of truck drivers honking their horns in admiration of the sleek futuristic bike. Mr. Teutul, wearing his trademark red sleeveless T-shirt, says that driving the machine is “awesome.”
 
Known as “Senior” on the show, Teutul built the machine over the past month for Siemens, the German engineering company. It wanted an “ecobike” that looked “real cool,” in the words of a Siemens company official.
 
To satisfy the environmental request, OCC used recycled materials, water-based paint (the machine is white with powder-blue trim), Siemens’s LED lights, and high-tech 12-volt batteries. The bike will go 60 miles before it needs to be plugged in for a charge, OCC estimates. Most choppers built by OCC get about 35 to 40 miles per gallon.“When you need a charge, you can just pull in to a McDonald’s,” says Teutul. It’s not clear, however, that McDonald’s does battery-charging in addition to burgers.
 
In July, a company in Ashland, Ore., Brammo, announced it was selling an electric motorcycle that the company estimates gets 378 miles per gallon. The machines cost $11,995. But, Teutul says his company is the first to make an electric chopper.
 
Both Siemens and OCC were reluctant to reveal how much the bike cost. Jim Quinn, an engineer at OCC, says a “normal” chopper built by the company costs between $70,000 and $150,000, depending on the amount of work. But Siemens made special arrangements to have some of its products used on the bike, and it has naming rights. Also, it is paying special appearance fees.
 
Siemens, calling the bike the “Smart Chopper,” plans to show it at energy and industrial trade shows and conferences over the next year. In 2010, the motorcycle will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to a charitable cause that helps the environment.
 
Oh, and whoever buys the bike at auction, might want to add some vroom to it. The Oregon bike company has added a microchip to generate sound so other drivers can hear the motorcycle coming
 
 
 
 
 
“We really went full-bore with this,” says Teutul. “Recycled steel, water-based paint, it doesn’t get any greener. There’s no exhaust, there’s no fumes in the air.” The bike gets about 60 miles on a single charge and can pull that charge off of any standard outlet within several hours. Siemens, which commissioned the bike, also helped contribute LED lighting to the prototype.
 
“Certainly we hope it just builds a greater awareness that the technologies we need today for a more sustainable environment are with us here today,” says Daryl Dulaney of Siemens. “You don’t have to look forward into the future, you just have to bring in the right technologies that we have now.” Teutul says motorcycle riders who think bikes need to be loud to be manly and powerful should get over the false machismo. “You know, we always get a lot of comments on what it sounds like. You can always put cards in the wheel or something like that to make it sound a little louder,” says Teutul. “But the bottom line is this – the bike is futuristic, the bike will do 100 mph plus. There’s nothing like it.”
 
Teutul says OCC has no immediate plans to mass produce this bike, but would consider it if he thought there was more of a demand out there. There is an opportunity to buy the prototype. Siemens will show off the chopper for the rest of this year at trade shows and conferences and then auction it off. The proceeds will go towards an environmentally-focused charity.
 
 
 
 

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3 Responses »

  1. American Chopper and Siemens build one Stealthy, Sexy and Smart Chopper. Not only is this bad boy fast (100MPH), it is earth friendly. Made from recycled materials, it sports an electric motor that can go 60 miles before needing a charge. Even Mother Nature would be happy with this chopper.

  2. Can anyone tell me when the American Chopper Siemens Smart Chopper episode will air? I found out about the bike via Flicker http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcbauer/sets/72157621900421585/ but don’t know when it will be on TV.

  3. Update your calendar the Siemens Smart Chopper OCC episode is now Nov 5th, 2009 at 9pm EST.

    Don’t for get to register for the Siemens Smart Chopper Paul Teutel Sr Autographed Hat Giveaway at

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/smartchopper

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