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Tesla Co-Founder Joins Board of Electric Motorcycle Maker

•, By Damon Lavrinc
 Eberhard was Tesla’s first CEO, leading the automaker from 2003 to 2007 before his controversial ouster and subsequent lawsuit against Elon Musk in 2009. An EV advocate and one of the masterminds behind Tesla’s battery systems, Eberhard took a position at Volkswagen working out of the automaker’s Palo Alto, California research lab until the two parted ways in 2010.

BRD has been in operation since 2010, but didn’t really begin to gel until last year when it raised $850,000 in seed funding to produce its two RedShift electric bikes: the dirt-focused MX and street-oriented SM.

When WIRED spoke with CTO and co-founder Derek Dorresteyn last year, they were beginning to take preorders for both bikes, with the MX priced at $14,995 and the SM starting at $15,495.

The two electric motorcycles each feature a 5.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack good for a claimed 50-mile range, with a custom electric motor putting out 40 horsepower and 33 pound-feet of torque. And unlike offerings from Brammo, Zero, and Mission Motorcycles, the weight of the RedShifts are low: between 250 and 265 pounds, helping the BRDs hit a 0-60 mph time of 3.3 seconds.

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