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Electric Motorcycles - A Review

31
July
2007
  Posted at 03:08:18 PM
  File under  Electrical
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

There are more and more electric motorcycle being produced. Battery technology is getting better and better all the time, lighter and more powerful. Within a few years, electric motorcycles will have reached a technology platform whereby their usage will become "the norm". If you can decide between a "normal" motorcycle and an electric one, if both have good performance and range, why go for a polluting one?

Here's a quick overview of the electric motorcycles offered today. I'll be looking only at motorcycles, not three wheelers or scooters. Not all information was available from the manufacturers. If I get them, I'll update this article.

NOTE
: Often performance data vary, depending on batteries used, software parameters of the motorcycle and other variants. Data presented below are maximum values. For example, you can not have the maximum range if you're travelling at the maximum speed.

Company/Model Speed/
Range/

HP/

Acceleration/

Weight
Price Comments
Electric Motorsport / GPR
Speed
:
65 mph

Range
:
40 miles

Horsepower
:
15 HP

Accel
:
?
Weight
:
298 lbs
Electric Motorsport GPR
US$8,200 A MotoGP style motorcycle.
Electric Motorsport / Super Motard
Speed
:
62 mph

Range
:
60 miles

Horsepower
:
15 HP

Accel
:
?
Weight
:
225 lbs
Electric Motorsport Super Motard
US$5,800 (batteries not included) Super Motard style motorcycle.
Brammo / Enertia
Speed
:
50 mph

Range
:
45 miles

Horsepower
:
? HP
Accel
:
0-30 @ 3 sec

Weight
:
275 lbs
Enertia electric motorcycle
US$11,995 Our Article: {link}
Zero / MX
Speed
:
44 mph

Range
:
40 miles

Horsepower
:
19 HP

Accel
:
?
Weight
:
110-140 lbs
Electricross Drift electric motorcycle
US$5,500 Our Article: {link}
Weight depends on options
Quantya Rent
Speed
:
37.3 mph

Range
:
180 mins

Horsepower
:
12.3 HP

Accel
:
?
Weight
:
196 lbs
Quantya electric motorcycle
€7,050 Our Article: {link}
Quantya EVO1
Speed
:
?
Range
:
?
Horsepower
:
40.76 HP

Accel
:
?
Weight
:
187 lbs
Quantya electric motorcycle
? Our Article: {link}
SuperMotard style prototype
Electric Moto Corp / Blade T-6
Speed
:
40 mph

Range
:
?
Horsepower
:
18.2 HP

Accel
:
0-30@4.1sec

Weight
:
178 lbs
Blade electric motorcycle
US$4,699 Our Article: {link}
Not street legal in most areas
Price is dated year 2004




We're not there yet. There's still much more technology advances coming. Notice that most electric motorcycle are off-road motorcycles. It's one of the current best applications of electrical motorcycles. No one can complain when you take an electrical motorcycle off-road.

The Brammo Enertia is one of the first street legal promising bikes. As long as you don't want to ride an Iron Butt on it, you'll be fine.

Price are still too high, and only those that really want to be the first kid on the block to own one, will buy one. But with prices decreasing, and performance increasing, within the next few years, we'll see more and more. And that's a good thing!





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