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Interview: Richard Hatfield, founder and CEO of Lightning Motorcycles

Interview: Richard Hatfield, f...
Lightning Motorcycle CEO and founder Richard Hatfield with the ferocious LS-218 (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
Lightning Motorcycle CEO and founder Richard Hatfield with the ferocious LS-218 (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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Loz riding the LS-218 and nearly losing his mind (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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Loz riding the LS-218 and nearly losing his mind (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
Lightning Motorcycle CEO and founder Richard Hatfield with the ferocious LS-218 (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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Lightning Motorcycle CEO and founder Richard Hatfield with the ferocious LS-218 (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
Beauty, brains and a hell of a lot of brawn - the Lightning LS-218 (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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Beauty, brains and a hell of a lot of brawn - the Lightning LS-218 (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
200 horsepower and nearly 170 ft-lbs of brain-melting torque - the Lightning LS-218 (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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200 horsepower and nearly 170 ft-lbs of brain-melting torque - the Lightning LS-218 (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
Lightning's LS218, beautiful and terrifying (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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Lightning's LS218, beautiful and terrifying (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
Lightning LS218 - an elemental experience (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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Lightning LS218 - an elemental experience (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
Lightning LS-218 - from some angles it looks so good it must be computer generated (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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Lightning LS-218 - from some angles it looks so good it must be computer generated (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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If you're as fascinated as we are with electric motorcycles, Richard Hatfield is a pretty special individual to sit down with. He's the founder and CEO of Lightning Motorcycles, and the man behind the world's fastest production motorcycle, the Lightning LS-218. Riding the Lightning bike was amazing and terrifying – check out our full review here.

We don't usually post entire interview videos online, but this one's a beauty. Hatfield speaks at length about the LS-218, the electric vehicle business, the state of battery technology and more. The full 23-minute interview video is below:

Interview: Richard Hatfield, founder and CEO of Lightning Motorcycles

While Richard is a nice-looking guy, there's not a whole lot happening visually in the video. So if you'd like an audio-only, downloadable stream to listen to in the car, then here you go!