Electric Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide
we’ve been on the forefront of electric motorcycle news for as long as we can remember. Long heralded as the future of two (and four) wheels, nearly silent propulsion via electrons instead of gasoline appears to be well underway. On the motorcycle side, the big OEMs are seemingly slow to follow the trend the car guys have taken, though Harley-Davidson has jumped in the waters. This, however, has opened the doors for smaller companies to take over the electric bike market and innovate on their own.To get more news about ev, you can visit davincimotor.com official website.
The problem with being a niche electric motorcycle manufacturer is that often the general consumer doesn’t realize you exist. You’d be hard-pressed to find a motorcycle rider not familiar with the name Honda or Harley-Davidson, but if you ask the average rider to name one of the best electric motorcycles, chances are, you’ll be met with a blank stare. Which is where we come in. wherein we give you a quick snapshot of each electric motorcycle available today. This guide is presented in alphabetical order by manufacturer and only includes motorcycles. Other things you won’t see here are the seemingly endless amounts of electric two-wheelers coming from China. For the purposes of this guide of the best electric motorcycles, we’re choosing to exclude them. Update A lot has changed in the e-motorcycle landscape since this article was originally published in 2018. Harley-Davidson finally released the production version of the Livewire, and Zero launched both the SR/F and SR/S models. Unfortunately, we’ve lost a few players also. This, sadly, includes Alta, the BMW C-Evolution scooter, and the Lito Sora. Below is a recap of who’s left.Coming to us from Italy is Energica and its three model offerings on our list of best electric motorcycles. First on the list is the Ego, Energica’s Italian electric sportbike. Boasting a 13.4 kW, air/oil-cooled lithium polymer battery and air/oil-cooled permanent magnet motor, the Ego puts out a claimed 107kW (roughly 145 hp) and 148 lb-ft of torque – numbers Energica says gives it greater performance than 600cc internal combustion sportbikes.
Upgrade to the Ego+ and battery capacity jumps to 21.5 kW, thanks to technology linked directly to the Energica Ego Corsa raced exclusively in the MotoE championship. Torque also gets a boost compared to the base model, to 159 lb-ft. The huge battery also gives the Ego a claimed range of up to 250 miles, the longest claimed range of any production electric motorcycle.
It’s all wrapped inside a steel trellis frame, typical for an Italian motorcycle. The brains for all Energica models is the VCU (Vehicle Control Unit) designed and developed completely in-house to best manage power.
Boasting technologies like different ride modes, regenerative braking, a “coast” feature allowing the motorcycle to freewheel, Brembo brakes, Marzocchi fork, Bitubo shock, and a colorful 4.3-inch TFT display, the Ego comes loaded with high quality components, much like you’d expect from an Italian sportbike. With a Mode 4 DC supercharger, reaching 80% charge from zero can be achieved in under 30 minutes. Otherwise, reaching 100% from nil can take as much as eight hours from a standard 110v wall outlet. We’ve ridden the Ego and came away impressed with the power and the way it’s delivered, but had small gripes about the handling and big gripes about its excessive weight, coming in at nearly 600 lbs. Price starts at $19,540 for the base version at $23,870 for the Ego+.