Tesla Co-Founder Martin Eberhard Joins Board of BRD Electric Motorcycles

In 2002, when Martin Eberhard co-founded Tesla Motors, he had a dream to make the electric vehicle a world-wide success. Unfortunately, his dream was short-lived, with a lawsuit involving Elon Musk and an outing from the company in 2007. Since then, he had a minor stint with Volkswagen, but has recently joined the board of up-and-coming electric motorcycle manufacturer BRD Motorcycles, a San Francisco-based outlet of electric two-wheelers.
Tesla Co-Founder Martin Eberhard Joins Board of BRD Electric Motorcycles
Founded in 2010, BRD has been slowly but surely securing funds to build two of its first motorcycles: the MX and SM. It wasn't until last year that they received the funding needed ($850,000) to begin production on each of their two vehicles. And this year marks the arrival of Eberhard to the board of directors. According to the Wall Street Journal, BRD secured another $1M in funding and are already taking pre-orders on each of their two electric motorcycles. Making the switch from pouch cells to small format cells, much of the new engineering a mirror image of Tesla's current battery technology. A fact that Eberhard is quite fond:
Tesla Co-Founder Martin Eberhard Joins Board of BRD Electric Motorcycles
"They are not trying to cobble together parts or buy their tech from Chinese or Italian motor suppliers." said Eberhard, "They have a world-class battery, one of the best I've seen. And they treat safety as a religion." BRD's RedShift bike starts at an affordable $14,995, and can manage a 0-60 mph time of only 3.3 seconds. Only 1,000 units will be produced, beginning in 2014. RELATED: LiveMap Introduces Augmented Reality Motorcycle Helmet [w/video]

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