Brammo Announces a Strategic Partnership with S.M.R.E. and Launches New Brammo Motorcycles with patented IET Six-Speed Drivetrain

ASHLAND, Ore. & UMBERTIDE, Italy--()--Brammo, Inc., a global leader in the electric vehicle industry, and S.M.R.E. Engineering, a leading engineering research and development company, today announced that Brammo and S.M.R.E. have entered into a strategic partnership. As a part of this agreement, Brammo has acquired an exclusive international license for S.M.R.E.’s patented Integrated Electric Transmission™ (IET). IET enables Brammo to offer its electric motorcycles with a 6-speed transmission - further improving performance and range. The first application of the new IET will be on the Brammo Engage and Encite, which are being announced today and which will be unveiled prior to competing in the MiniMotoSX race in Las Vegas on Friday, May 6, 2011.

“It is fundamental to Brammo’s success that we continue to innovate and develop our strong reputation for high-quality, exciting motorcycles,” stated Craig Bramscher, CEO and Founder of Brammo, Inc. “Combining the S.M.R.E. Integrated Electric Transmission system with the Brammo Power™ Batteries and Battery Management System keeps Brammo at the forefront of Powersports drivetrain technology.”

“We are delighted to have Brammo as our strategic partner,” said Samuele Mazzini, Founder and CEO of S.M.R.E. and creator of the IET™. “This alliance will see the IET integrated into Brammo motorcycles and enjoyed by riders all around the world.”

Today Brammo announces four new models all featuring the IET™ and swappable Brammo Power battery packs.

  • Engage MX - dirt bike competing in MiniMotoSX - anticipated price $9,995.00
  • Engage SMR – Super Moto Racing – anticipated price $9,995.00
  • Engage SMS - Super Moto Street - anticipated price $11,995.00
  • Encite MMX PRO - mini dirt bike competing in MiniMotoSX - no price announced

Prices do not include relevant taxes or Federal and State electric vehicle incentives.

The Engage and Encite join the award-winning Enertia and stunning Empulse. Together, these four model ranges offer motorcycle dealerships the most comprehensive range of electric motorcycles available. Brammo continues to expand its dealership network in North America and will be adding many new dealers over the next 90 days.

Integrated Electric Transmission (IET™) – the IET™ is a mechatronic propulsion unit that emulates the feeling and performance of a traditional internal combustion engine, with a specially developed electric motor, clutch and gear shift that enables Brammo motorcycles to accelerate hard from the line up to a high top speed, something that is just not possible to achieve with a single-ratio electric motorcycle.

“Electric motorcycle design has always been a bit of a balancing act in direct drive systems where great acceleration performance comes at the expense of low top-end speed,” stated Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development at Brammo. “The IET™ system provides the best of both worlds and is the perfect complement to Brammo’s industry-leading Brammo Power battery and vehicle control technology to maintain our position as the world’s leading electric motorcycle manufacturer.“

About S.M.R.E.

S.M.R.E. srl is an Italian engineering company with a strong emphasis on innovation through research and development. S.M.R.E. distinguishes itself through the creation of high-quality revolutionary technology. By working closely with its customers, S.M.R.E. is able to develop custom engineering solutions that redefine the limits of what is thought possible. For more information, please visit www.smre.it

S.M.R.E. srl
S.S. Tre Bis Z. I. Montecastelli
06019 Umbertide (PG)
Italy
Tel.: +39 075 9306500
Information: info@smre.it

About Brammo

Brammo, Inc. is a leading electric vehicle technology company headquartered in North America. Brammo designs and develops electric vehicles, including the Enertia, Empulse and Engage motorcycles. Brammo is an OEM supplier of its innovative Brammo Digital Drivetrain™ systems, including the Brammo Power™ battery pack and Brammo Power™ vehicle management system. Brammo has vehicle distribution and marketing operations in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.brammo.com.

The following are trademarks of Brammo, Inc. in the United States or other countries or both: Brammo®, Enertia®, Empulse®, Engage®, Encite®, Brammo Digital Drivetrain®, Brammo Power®, the Brammo logo and bull’s head graphical device.

The following are trademarks of S.M.R.E. srl in the United States or other countries, or both: S.M.R.E.™ and IET™.

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Contacts

Brammo, Inc.
Adrian G. Stewart, +1 541-944-8895
astewart@brammo.com
or
S.M.R.E. srl
Samuele Mazzini, +39 075 9306500
info@smre.it

Brammo Engage -- breathtaking performance, thanks to its unique 6-speed transmission and removable Brammo Power battery pack. (Photo: Business Wire)

Brammo Engage -- breathtaking performance, thanks to its unique 6-speed transmission and removable Brammo Power battery pack. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Brammo, Inc. teams up with S.M.R.E. and launches Engage, the world’s first electric motorcycle with patented six-speed transmission.

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Contacts

Brammo, Inc.
Adrian G. Stewart, +1 541-944-8895
astewart@brammo.com
or
S.M.R.E. srl
Samuele Mazzini, +39 075 9306500
info@smre.it