OCC Built the Siemens Custom ‘Green’ Chopper

The first custom ‘green’ electric chopper is about to make its TV appearance, as Siemens contracted the renowned motorcycle manufacturer Orange County Choppers to build the ‘Siemens Smart Chopper’. It took OCC one month to build it, while Siemens developed a compatible Smart Grid-ready charger. The American Chopper episode featuring the Siemens Smart Chopper is scheduled to air on TLC on Thursday, October 22. Siemens is planning to showcase the Smart Chopper at energy and industrial tradeshows and conferences that will take place in the future months. The motorcycle will finally be auctioned for charity in 2010. "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. 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

"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."
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