Mission Possible: Mission One looks to change the motorcycle experience
Clear Magazine Managing Editor and former Editor of Graphis Anna Carnick explores the electrifying world on two wheels.
Combining style and substance: Mission One is the first 100% electric motorcycle to go up to 150 mph (twice the range of any other electric motorcycle, according to its makers) and a distance of 150 miles on a single charge. It’s an apt name for a motorcycle aspiring to change the playing field: a sleek, green-minded bike that offers the performance of a combustion engine in one high-energy, lithium ion battery charge, plus a linear torque curve with over 100 ft. lbs of torque, even standing still. No sound, no shifting, no exhaust – just the wind flying by. And designed by one of the world’s most famous designers, Mission One definitely looks the part of a paradigm shifter.
Mission One is the wild child of Mission Motors, a two-year-old, West Coast-based dream team led by CEO & founder Forrest North (formerly of Tesla). The company’s talent roster is impressive: players’ past roles include a Ducati North America CFO, an AFM racer, and engineers from Tesla, Ford, Google, IDEO, Intel and Agilent. Combine that talent with design guru Yves Behar and his fuseproject team (of the XO Laptop for One Laptop Per Child and the Aliph Jawbone, among other projects), and you have what North calls “a team of superstar engineers and rockstar designers.” Way to raise expectations, gentlemen. [click to continue…]