Mission R electric sport bike was unveiled in December 2010. The bike was developed by Mission Motors, a supplier of electric vehicle components based in San Francisco. The company built the Mission R to demonstrate the possibilities of its latest EV technology, and the result was an electric sport bike that looks and behaves like an authentic superbike-–a great technological achievement. With a top speed of over 160 mph in a singe gear (no shifting), the Mission R is able to compete with Honda, Suzuki, and Kawasaki gasoline-powered superbikes.
In June 2011, racer Steve Rapp rode the Mission R to win the 2011 FIM/TTXGP U.S. Grand Prix race at Laguna Seca. It was an 8-lap race in which Rapp finished 39.9 seconds ahead of the second-place rider. In the qualifying round, Rapp lapped Laguna Seca in 1:31.3— a new electric motorcycle record for the raceway. If Mission R competed in the gasoline-powered AMA Pro Supersport in the same weekend, it would have finished 5th.
The range of Mission R is between 80 to 150 miles per charge and it goes from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds. Mission R has a battery with 14kwh of energy storage and a 100kw AC induction motor—translated into layman’s terms, this is “90% of a Chevy Volt’s power and energy into a compact sportbike.”The dashboard of the Mission is a 7-inch Android tablet. Weighing 545 pounds, the bike has a carbon-fiber casing and Brembo brakes. The chassis was custom-designed by James Parker, an internationally-known motorcycle designer. For the the industrial design of Mission R, designer Timothy Prentice of Motonium Design, Inc. received Core77 and RedDot design awards.