Orange County Choppers – Schneider Electric Hybrid Motorcycle

June 29th, 2010. 9 Comments!

I had the pleasure of photographing the first hybrid motorcycle to come from Orange County Choppers.  It was developed in a joint-venture with Schneider Electric’s engineers.  It’s pretty sweet looking machine.  Saddle bags full of batteries from APC, a biometric thumb print ignition control, full-automatic transmission, and enough LEDs to give it a consistent green glow from end to end.

(I would have given my entire kingdom for a better backdrop, not to self: “Always Bring Muslin and Stand to Future Shoots)

OCC-Hybrid Motorcycle

Saddle Bags Containing LI-Ion Battery Packs

LI-Ion Power Pack Close - Up

Starboard Side of Bike

Rear Fender with Reverse Camera

Port Side of OCC - Hybrid Bike

Detail Shot of Port Side of OCC - Hybrid Motorcycle

Detail Shot of Port Side of OCC - Hybrid Motorcycle

Biometric Thumb Print Ignition

On Fuel Tank Touch Screen Display

Orange County Choppers - Hybrid Bike - Front

More Images are Available Here.

Leave a comment and tell me what you think of the Bike!

9 Comments!

  1. Very cool photos of an interesting bike. I bet that thing is true heavy iron.

    Comment by Sean McDermott — June 29, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

  2. Like all of the bikes to come out of Orange County Choppers, this is a sweet looking machine. It even looks “hybridy”. Covering the back wheel is ala Prius. And one of my most favoritest things about the guys at OCC is their ability to work everyday things into their designs – in this case, the actual Square D 20 amp circuit breakers.

    On another note, I am a fan of your treatment of the bike. Good eye, Clark.

    Comment by peteherr — June 29, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

  3. Thanks Peter! It was a very cool looking machine, not too sure on it’s functionality. It weighs around 860 lbs and from what I’ve read, the throttle response is a little strange. An interesting prototype though!

    Comment by Clark Dever — June 29, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

  4. Yeah, from what I’ve heard it’s around 860 lbs.

    Comment by Clark Dever — June 29, 2010 @ 2:38 pm

  5. I was the Schneider Electric Engineer charged with the design of the Hybrid Power plant along with the practical talents of OCC and Shawn Lawless, Lawless Industries (World’s Fastest Electric Drag Bike). You are correct on the weight. Batteries weigh 50 lbs each (2) and each has equivalent 150Hp. Throttle response was tuned to feel completly normal – along with the engine response. The bike is a Series-Parallel. It can run in 4 different modes, from pure electric to combined elec/ICE.
    Everything on the bike is functional – from the biometric thumb start switch to the fore and aft internet cameras. The bike is quite powerful – the electric motors develop full torque from zero speed – as provided by the 1600 amps of available current @ 130vdc. Top Speed was limited on purpose to 115 MPH. Estimated MPG is upwards of 130 MPG. The bike complex. For example, the throttle does not go to the carb (naturally aspirated). It goes to a mini computer which monitors all functions and speeds and controls a mini-drive mounted to the carb shaft.

    Comment by rich weiner — November 3, 2010 @ 7:24 am

  6. Thanks Rich for your comments. Excellent work on the bike!

    Comment by Clark Dever — November 3, 2010 @ 8:11 am

  7. What a hideous bike. Looks like someone’s been sick on a battleship.

    Comment by Malc — February 28, 2011 @ 8:11 am

  8. AAaaaarrrgggghhhhh. My eyes !!!!!

    Comment by Veronica Moser — March 1, 2011 @ 3:05 am

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