A book about how technology, innovation, renewable energy and the electric powertrain transformed motorsports in the 21st century.

Remember the first electric motorcycle you ever saw?  I do.  In 2006, the Killacycle, a battery-powered drag bike changed the way I saw electric vehicle technology forever.  From that moment on, I was obsessed.

Electric vehicle technology began in the earliest days of cars – losing the battle with gas engines as far back as the early 1900s.  After a short-lived rekindling of interest in the latter days of the 20th century, we saw an explosion of electric vehicle technology, with motorcycles at the forefront, starting with the dawn of the 21st century.  Today, electric motorcycles compete on the same field as gas bikes – and often surpass them.

The story of electric motorcycles is the story of scientific research, technological innovation and the confluence of technologies.  …but it’s another story too.  It’s the story of how the power delivery of a high-performance, no-compromise, pure-electric drivetrain can redefine transportation, motorsports and the perception of renewable energy.  It’s the story of power in flux.

Join me on a very personal journey within this small community of innovators – from industry leaders to garage mechanics – to experience how a revolution in motorsports – as well as technology and innovation – happens.

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Posted: February 16, 2017 in Order Power in Flux


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Posted: February 15, 2017 in Reviews

“Author Ted Dillard has an encyclopedic knowledge of his subject, and he discusses the technical development of electric vehicles, as well as the histories of the various e-motorcycle builders, in exhaustive detail…  Any lover of two-wheeled speed will find it of interest, and for anyone involved in designing and building electric motorcycles, it is quite simply a must-read.”  – ChargedEVs

“Overall, I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed reading the book.  About half of the stories were all-new to me, and I also gained quite a bit of insight into the builders that I was already aware of.  I think you will find a lot of eager readers!”

“Anyhow, well done indeed. The story needed to be told and I’m glad you’ve had the balls to pull all the threads together.

“I think what I’ve enjoyed most (apart from the essential history) is the vision and variance of the builds. Excellent book timing and now we wait for Honda to make a production bike as it seems to me the ‘hobbyist’ era has already happened. Time for the mainstream to happen. Goodnight Sir!”

“Wow, a lot of stuff there.”

“It’s amazing to hear all the hidden stuff that went on. I was dimly aware of about maybe 5% of it, and I had not realized the level of effort that so many people had put in. It’s made me appreciate my Zero SR about 100,000,000 times more.”

“Hey Ted – your book arrived this week and is truly historic and a fantastic read. Can’t put it down.”

“If I’m honest, as I have been reading this book the hairs on the back of my neck have been standing up – because I realized I’m reading “an historic first book about the history”, and importantly it was only recently finished, so is very up to date.

“Ostensibly, it’s about “the history of electric motorcycles” but author Ted Dillard has captured a much wider and more profound story in this must-read book.

“Whilst the evolution of electric motorcycle development has me glued to my couch, a deeper part of the story is about technological development, innovation, start ups, energy storage, carbon emissions and fascinatingly, how the world of electric motorcycles in intrinsically linked to all these fields. For a variety of reasons, electric motorcycles are like a canary in the coal mine.”

(Read the full review by Nigel Morris here, on ReNewEconomy.)

“Still picking at the book – lots and lots of information – seriously big effort.  Reads well, and loads of stuff I did not know!”

“Dillard has done an incredible job cataloging what has to be the most definitive technological story, glossary and development time line of the electric motorcycle imaginable.”

“Love the book! Thank you. My dad has it right now (and he doesn’t even like to read) and is devouring it. What an accomplishment!  He’s a total motor head and is all about history!”

“Soon as I started reading “Power In Flux”, the first thing I realized was, no wonder this guy writes books.  I was astonished at how well researched this piece is.”

“Insanely dense with information.  I have trouble reading most books because I’m frustrated the author is wasting my time by padding the story with extra words. Not a problem with Flux, wonderfully respectful of my time as a reader.”

“I am learning every day and Ted’s book ‘Power in Flux’ is a bible to me: all these facts, all that information, all these people with their passion … It’s a book about companies, brands & people, their efforts & failures, their attempts to bring their products to the people. It’s a catalogue full of facts, detailed timelines and race results.” (More from ElectricMotorcyclesNews, here.)

“Finally found time to read Power In Flux, good job.  Seriously, I had no idea so much has happened in recent years. This book will always be important in helping us understand the evolution of Electric Motorcycles.  Thank you for taking this project on and leaving us all with a valuable piece of work.”  -Mike Corbin

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Posted: February 15, 2017 in Swag Shop


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First Proof Comes In!

Posted: February 15, 2017 in Power in Flux: The Book


Here it is, the very first hard proof!  Yes, we found a bunch of changes we need to make, but it’s not going to be long now!


Here’s a tease for you…  the Contents are finalized and paginated.  Take a look.  “Wow, a lot of stuff there.” – Ely Schless


Posted: February 12, 2017 in Eratta

p33: “The first transistor radio, the TR-1, was produced by Texas Instruments and Industrial Development Engineering Associates as “Regency” in 1954 at a cost of $49 (around $350 in today’s dollars), and using four Texas Instruments NPN transistors to amplify the sound. ” (Correcting statement “The first transistor radio, the TR-1, was produced by Sony…”)

pp 174, 177, 180: “Brammo Owners Forum” (BrammoOwnersGroup.com)

p229: “while keeping a clean record of no crashes on the track. ” (Correcting comment of “the occasional crash” – re: Ripperton)