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Lightning Motorcycles unveils Strike e-moto, with up to 200-mile range

Lightning Motorcycles finally unveiled the electric vehicle it had been teasing for months.
With a $12,000 to $19,000 price range, the Strike electric motorcycle has options with a 200-mile range, 150 mph top speed and 35-minute DC fast-charge time.
The new machine has a more upright riding position and friendlier price tag than Lightning’s debut LS-218 — a $38,888, 218 mph superbike touted as the world’s fastest production street motorcycle.
With the LS-218, Lightning had previously hung its helmet on a niche (and lower sales volume) hyper-performance market.
Lightning Motorcycles unveils Strike e-moto, with up to 200-mile range
The startup previewed the Strike as a model that would offer wider market appeal and accessibility from a rider and price point.
This comes in a year where EV startups are facing more competition on specs and pricing, and big motorcycle manufacturers will feel more pressure to go electric.
The Strike offers 3 variants and price ranges, with its $19,998 Carbon sporting a 20 kWh battery, the highest range of up to 200 miles, and 150 mph top speed. The base $12,998 Standard Strike has half the battery power, a highway/city range of 70 to 100 miles and top speed of 135 mph.
Lightning Motorcycles unveils Strike e-moto, with up to 200-mile range

Lightning has been offering peeks of, and taking orders for, the Strike for several months now. Deliveries begin in July.
For the last several years, e-motorcycle startups have worked to produce models that close gaps on price, distance, charge times and performance compared with gas motorcycles. They’ve also carried hopes to rejuvenate new motorcycle sales with a younger generation.
The U.S. motorcycle industry has been in pretty bad shape since the recession. New sales dropped by roughly 50 percent since 2008, with sharp declines in ownership by everyone younger than 40. The exception is women, who have become the only growing motorcycle ownership segment.

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