Florida resident Terry Hershner stopped by WOW Motorcycles off Cobb Parkway Thursday afternoon to charge his all-electric motorcycle while on his 15,000-mile trek to New York, then out west to Seattle.
The 37-year-old, clean-energy advocate left Orlando, Fla., Monday on a gasoline-free journey after recently completing a world-record cross country trip from California to Jacksonville, Fla., just two weeks ago.
“I got an electric motorcycle last May and started riding it every day,” Hershner said. “I realized that I could charge it pretty much anywhere and that’s when I started traveling to Miami, North Carolina and wherever.”
Hershner said he got the “crazy notion” to ride his bike all the way to California last fall but unfortunately got stuck in the middle of the desert outside El Paso, Texas, and had to get a ride to California.
He stuck around California for about six months, working with the creators of his bike, Zero Motorcycles, and famous motorcycle designer Craig Vetter to build what’s described as a “highly modified” electric motorcycle.
It gets twice as many miles per gallon and is aerodynamic.
Hershner said he is able to recharge his bike just about anywhere and with the nine chargers on his bike, he can get up to 150 miles on the freeway following a 45-minute charge. The $15,000 electric motorcycle, with about $5,000 in improvements, can hit speeds of 70 to 80 mph.
After souping up his ride in California, Hershner crossed the country once again, returning to his Florida home and decided to make this a full-time venture to educate others about the benefits of all-electric vehicles.
Upon his arrival in Washington in a few weeks, Hershner will be joining a cross-country motor rally to help do just that.
“It’s just more practical and useful,” he said Thursday. “I’m hopeful people will someday realize that electric vehicles are just the way to go.”
WOW finance associate Tom Hodlick invited Hershner to stop through and let the dealership check out his motorcycle.
“I don’t have one but I want one,” Hodlick said. “Every year they are becoming more and more popular.”
His hope is that by 2015, there will be more charging stations nationally, specifically along interstate corridors, and that it’ll be easier for riders to stop for a charge on long trips like Hershner’s.
“It’s pretty neat to see how technology has come along,” Hodlick said. “There’s no pollution, no exhaust, no sound, it’s a whole different experience on a bike. All you can hear are the tires on the pavement.”
To follow Hershner’s cross-country quest, find him on Facebook under “Life off the Grid” or visit Vetter’s website at craigvetter.com.