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Hybrid motorcycle soon to hit the road

Schneider Electric has announced it will partner with custom motorcycle manufacturer Orange County Choppers (OCC) to design and build the first hybrid motorcycle in OCC history.

Designed through a collaboration of Schneider Electric employees and the OCC design team, the Schneider Electric custom chopper will exemplify the company’s efforts to make energy solutions safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green.

President, Schneider Electric U.S, Amelia Huntington, said the hybrid motorcycle will employ a built-in intelligent energy management system that will “allow it to be more efficient and productive by considering multiple variables to select the best energy source available.”

Founder of Orange County Choppers Paul Teutul, Sr said the primary goal for the project is to design and build a hybrid chopper that is capable of traveling farther, without refueling or recharging, than any other OCC bike in history.

“The ability to help design and build a hybrid motorcycle of this caliber is a unique opportunity and our team is up to the challenge,” he said.

Once the Schneider Electric custom motorcycle is complete, Schneider Electric, along with Paul Teutul, Sr., will kick-off a road show that will give Schneider Electric electrical contractor partners a sneak preview of the theme bike before the scheduled American Chopper episode airs on TLC in 2010.

In addition, Orange County Choppers production bikes will be given away to eight electrical contracting firms in the United States and Canada to help promote the project.

Full details of the promotion will be revealed during the Schneider Electric theme bike roadshow later this year.

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