Lightning LS-218 Electric Motorcycle on Discovery Channel – How They Do It Show (Video)

2 years ago by Mark Kane 7

Lightning LS-218

Lightning LS-218

The fastest electric motorcycle available on the market, the LS-218 from Lightning Motorcycles, was featured in one of the episodes of Discovery Channel’s How They Do It Show.

The number in the name reflects the 218 mph (350 km/h) top speed for the bike.

In the more normal, aggressive street setup, LS-218 accelerates quick as lightning and the proof of that is in the win at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2013.

Lightning lists a 150 kW electric motor and three battery options:

  • 380V 12 kwh battery pack
    (Range of 100-120 miles per charge)
  • 380V 15 kwh battery pack
    (Range of 120-150 miles per charge)
  • 380V 20 kwh battery pack
    (Range of 160-180 miles per charge)
Lightning LS-218

Lightning LS-218

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7 responses to "Lightning LS-218 Electric Motorcycle on Discovery Channel – How They Do It Show (Video)"

  1. Foob says:

    “available” on the “market” amirite

  2. Rich says:

    I remember when Barnes on the Lightning and Higbee on the Agni went head to head in TTXGP. It was an exciting moment for electric motorcycle racing.
    It’s hard to believe the original Lightning used a motor out of an EV1. Richard Hatfield brought the Lightning motorcycle a long way from those first iterations of the bike.
    I would love a Lightning, but just under $40K for a bike is a bit high. Hopefully, he’ll be able to move into mass production and greatly reduce the costs of hand made parts.
    Another exciting development would be someone using a Lightning in the Isle of Man TT Zero. It would be nice to see the Shinden have some competition.

    1. zikzak says:

      The good old time of teh Flying Banana 🙂

  3. np says:

    As indicated in the poster’s footnote, it should be noted that the “record” 218 mph LS-218’s top speed is with a taller gear that has to be manually swapped by the rider.

    It compromises acceleration of course, and I believe the Pike’s Peak run and the TT Zero runs were with the shorter street gearing.

  4. Vinny says:

    It is certainly a great bike. But no dealer network at all to sell it. Have never been able to get questions answered about the bike either. It doesn’t seem they really want to sell any of them.

  5. mike w says:

    The company web site shows a price list. Expect to shell out $40,000 for the entry level model.
    http://lightningmotorcycle.com/reserve-now/

  6. G2 says:

    The bike looks great and only the price makes one want to wait.