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Electric Killacycle Is Ultimate Battery Torture Test

Bill Dube's 500 hp Killacycle is powered by A123 Systems lithium batteries.

Published: 31-Mar-2009

Bill Dubé gets giddy when he talks about batteries and speed.

After all, his 500-horsepower Killacycle electric motorcycle goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under a second. He claims it is the fastest electric vehicle on the planet. In October, the Killacycle traveled a quarter mile in 7.89 seconds, topping out at 174 mph, a record.

Dubé, 56, an engineer and Rhode Island native whose day job is designing air chemistry instruments at the University of Colorado, is the bike's designer, owner, and builder. He is out to prove that electric vehicles do not have to be "nerd-mobiles."

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