Electric Harley Plugs In to NextFest

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As we mentioned before, "TreeHugger" isn't the first thing that pops to mind when talking about Harley Davidson. Carl Vogel is aiming to change all that with his battery-powered hog (we covered his work before), and he took his prototype on the road last week, and made a splash with it at Wired's NextFest (see our coverage of the event here). AutoblogGreen reports that though he was "one of the smaller exhibits in size...he certainly got a lot of attention. At one point in the afternoon, attendees were 5 rows deep trying to get a look at the electric blue cruiser and sidecar." Rather than the traditional engine, the bike holds 560 pounds of lead-acid batteries that'll take the bike about 60 miles at a time. Add the sidecar that houses the battery-recharging biodiesel generator, and it's a formidable green machine. Though Vogel didn't fire up the bike at the show, he says it sounds similar to a golf cart, and " he enjoys being able to cruise just hearing the wind and ground beneath your feet." ::Vogelbilt via ::AutoblogGreen

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