An electric motorcycle is not a new innovation. In fact, its idea existed since the late 1800s, when these sort of motorcycles were referenced in patents. By mid twentieth century, several electric motorbikes were manufactured and their advancements progressed through to the end of the century.
However, it’s only until the beginning of the twenty-first century that electric motorcycles begun gaining a foothold in the market following developments in battery technology.
Though in their infancy, at least production-wise, electric motorcycles are fast becoming feasible and a more viable option to the gas-powered motorcycles. As battery technology becomes efficient and their costs start to come down, these two-wheelers will be commonplace on road and off.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Electric Motorbikes
Owning an electric motorcycle comes with numerous upshots. The most notable benefit is that electric motorcycles are inexpensive to maintain and charge up as electricity is more affordable than gas. If you are passionate about the environment, then an electric motorcycle is for you. Electric motorcycles are much safer because they are customised with innovative features such as power controls and intelligent speed.
As it stands now, the main hurdle of electric motorcycles is range. Unlike their gas-powered counterparts, electric motorcycles cannot go as far as you would with gas-sipping motorcycles without recharging. Additionally, it’s hard to find the accessories for these bikes. The price of owning an electric motorcycle is also a huge inhibitor not forgetting the high power bill at the end of the month.
The Best 10 Electric Motorcycles of 2015
1. Mission R
Mission Motors Mission R Electric Motorcycle
Mission R is a flagship bike manufactured by Mission Motors. The superbike which goes for $36,499 features top speeds of 150 miles per hour as well as distinct power since its HP rating is 160.
2. Lightning LS-218
Lightning Motorcycles LS-218 part of the 2015 Solar Thermal Magazine Electric Motorcycle Catalog
Named after its outstanding ability to strike speeds of 218 miles per hour, this bike gives gas-powered bikes a run for their money. With an initial price of $38,888, this electric motorcycle gives buyers value for their financial commitment. The machine features a 200 HP and ability to travel for 160-180 miles before being recharged.
3. Brammo Empulse R
Brammo Empulse R all Electric Motorcycle
Uniquely designed to be powerful, this electric bike is manufactured by Brammo’s, a company that was sold to Polaris, another manufacturer of motorcycles. Despite offering a relatively affordable price of $14,000, this motorcycle does not compromise on the quality, speed as well as other features.
4. Energica EGO
Energica EGO all Electric Motorcycle
This is a remarkable electric motorcycle manufactured by an Italian concern, Energica. When it comes to speed, the EGO bike has few matches given its top speed of 149 miles an hour. With a price tag of about $35,000, this motorcycle is definitely worth every dollar, especially when you consider its amazing features and stylistic design.
5. Lito Sora
Lito Sora all electric motorcycle part of the 2015 lineup in Solar Thermal Magazine
This superbike is not your ordinary cheap motorcycle as it comes with a price tag of $50,000-plus. The high quality leather, carbon fibre construction, touchscreen-based controls as well as the exclusive continuous variable transmission (CVT) technology makes this luxury electric motorcycle well worth its price. The bike can attain speeds of up to 120 miles per hour.
6. Brutus V9
Brutus the all-electric motorcycle f
At just $32,490, Brutus’ V9 boasts incredible power within its stylish and unique aesthetics. This electric bike is indeed not a low level machine. However, its premium features such as 125 HP, high speeds of 115 miles per hour and ability to travel for up to 210 miles on just a single battery charge justifies its price.
7. Agility Saietta
Agility Saietta all electric motorcycle part of the 2015 Catalog from Solar Thermal Magazine
This high-end electric bike was carefully designed by Agility Motors. At a price tag of just $23,000, this motorcycle has a lot to offer. Some of its remarkable features include a 96.5 HP and a stylish look. The bike also offers a one-of-a-kind riding experience that has made many fans to fall in love with it.
8. Zero SR
Zero SR all electric motorcycle for 2015
Zero SR is certainly one of the top-range electric motorbikes currently available on the market. The bike is manufactured by Zero Motorcycles and features a comfortable seat, high quality Pirelli Diablo Rossa II tires, and an Android and iPhone app that alerts you when your power is depleted. The electric motorcycle comes in two models; one priced at $19,800 and another at $17,400, with the pricier version able to run for 181 miles while the cheaper model runs for 151 miles on full battery power.
9. KTM Freeride-E
KTM Freeride-E all electric motorcycles for 2015
The KTM’s Freeride-E is certainly one of the most affordable electric motorbikes on the market today. The bike which goes for $14,300 features 21.5 HP and is generally light, making it ideal for off-road riding. Despite being a no match with the pricier alternatives, it definitely offers great value for every penny you spend on it.
10. Zero FX
Zero FX 2015 all electric motorcycles
This is such an amazing electric bike to own. With a price tag of just $9,900, Zero’s FX is light and appropriate for outdoor riding expeditions. The bike is incredibly affordable with great features such as a fully adjustable suspension and fantastic Pirelli Scorpion tires.
Electric motorcycles have a promising future. There are many companies already planning to venture into the field of manufacturing electric motorbikes as the bikes’ popularity continues to grow rapidly. Some of these companies are highly established in the motorcycle manufacturing industry but have previously concentrated on gas-powered motorcycles. For example, Yamaha, a renowned company that manufactures motorcycles, is set to unveil its electric motorcycles soon. Harley Davidson also plans to join the market with its LiveWire electric motorcycle.