A zero-emissions electric superbike, Mission One, ridden by Jeremy Cleland has broken a land speed record by bursting though the 150mph - 240km/h - mark.

Cleland's ride became the fastest battery vehicle yet when it hit an average speed of 150.059mph over two miles(3.22km).

The plug-in racer also beat 70 percent of the petrol-engined bikes competing at the famous Bonneville salt flats in the American state of Utah and at one point, Cleland hit 259km/h as he tackled the two runs.

The San Francisco-made bike, which will be available in the UK in 2010 for the equivalent of about R550 000, is powered by a 240V battery that can be recharged in two hours.

The company plans to sell 300 in 2010, with the first 50 Premier Limited Edition models available for order now.

"The Mission One is an incredible motorcycle," Cleland said . "This is a bike that can rip up the track at Infineon Raceway, do power wheelies at 130km/h and then come out here to Bonneville and dismantle the electric world speed record.

"It pulls hard all the way from zero to 250km/h all in one gear, with incredible torque. It's a riding experience like no other."

Edward West, Mission Motors' founder, said of the record his bike set: "I give the credit for this achievement to our extraordinary engineering team. We set this record on our first visit to Bonneville on poor salt conditions and in a strong crosswind and to set it with our production prototype vehicle, not a custom Bonneville, is truly amazing.

"We've all known what was possible for the Mission One for some time but to set this record is very gratifying. It's a watershed for electric vehicles and further proof that the era of the electric superbike has begun.

"Electric is no longer the future of high-performance motorcycling; it is the present." - Daily Mail