Orange County Choppers was up for the challenge of building their first electric chopper for Siemens Building Technologies. It took them about a month to build the bike which included recycled materials, an advanced DC Motors Inc. series wound 8-inch motor, LED lighting by Siemens' Osram Sylvania business, 27 peak horsepower, a maximum speed of 100 mph and a range of 60 miles on one charge, and an onboard charger that can be plugged into any 110-volt outlet.

In addition, according to the Electrical Wholesaling article, “Siemens developed a compatible smart grid-ready charger that communicates with the utility to enable charging when the electricity is most affordable.” This is just another way Siemens shows they are one of the greenest in the business. Daryl Dulaney, president and CEO of Siemens Building Technologies said, “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.” If you had not noticed in my previous blogs; I am all for green business.

The EW article mentions the American Chopper episode featuring the Siemens Smart Chopper will air on TLC October 22, 2009. However Orange County Choppers’ website has this episode listed for November 5, 2009 so be on the look out. If you are planning to attend any energy and industrial trade shows and conferences in the next few months you may just get a chance to see the Siemens Smart Chopper in person! But after that it will be auctioned off in 2010 with proceeds going to a charitable cause benefiting the environment (of course!). Props to OCC and Siemens.
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  1. That was both interesting and informative: thanks for that!