Once upon a time not so long ago electric bikes were a bit of fad even though they weren’t practical due to limited speed and range, so they died a quick death. Fast forward a few years and they are making a comeback, bigger, better, bolder and faster! With the global drive to a fossil fuel free economy it’s only natural that electric motorbikes are part of the picture. Advances in technology have solved many of the challenges that electric motorbikes faced in the past and there are quite a few different models that are in the prototype phase. Here we look through at the top 10 showroom electric bike manufacturing companies though that are available to the general public.
Johammer is an Austrian company that has developed a futuristic electric motorbike, it looks like it’s stepped right out of a Blade Runner or Star Wars film set.
Two versions are available, one with a 93-mile range featuring an 8.3 kWh Lithium-Ion battery and the 2nd model has a range of 123 miles with a 12.7 kWh Lithium battery.
Unfortunately, however, the speed has been limited to a 75 mph top speed with a 14 bhp electric motor. This electric bike has a hefty price tag though starting at $27 200! Ouch!
Saietta Group has been formed following the merger of Agility Global and Agni Motors. They designed and developed the Saietta, yet another futuristic looking two-wheeler transporter! Saietta represents the first meaningful motorcycle redesign in a generation.
The chassis is built using production aerospace composite structural systems, similar to what is seen in F1 racing cars, thus achieving high performance at low weight.
Their base model, the Saietta R has a range of 100 mile’s and reaching a speed of 60 mph in 3 seconds!
The bike has a top speed of 105 mph and sports a high torque electric motor rated at a peak power of 96.5 hp. It also has a 9.6 kWh Lithium-Ion battery installed.
Energica is an Italian firm that has three distinct electric motorbike models that are more geared towards the wealthy.
Their base model is the Eva with a 95 hp electric motor and $34 000 price tag. Next up is the Ego with a 136 hp motor and then the top of the range Ego 45 with a whopping $67 000 price tag!
It, however, has a 150-mph top speed and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds. This surely gives new meaning to the electric motorbike reputation as we know it!
Alta Motors is a US-based company that design and manufacture off-road electric dirt bikes, a new concept but they definitely look the part.
The move away from fossil fuels is really occurring across all transport types! They manufacture three different models, with the base model being the Redshift EX.
It has a 40 hp motor with the power source being a waterproof Lithium Ion battery with a 5.8 kWh capacity. The bike has a top speed of 71 mph and has a continuous driving range of 3 hours. This model doesn’t come cheap though at $15 000.
Lightning claim to have designed and developed the worlds fastest electric bike, aptly named Lightning. It has a top speed of 218 mph and a massive 200 hp high torque electric motor.
A Lithium-Ion battery is the main power source with three different option’s in terms of range. A 12, 15 or 20 kWh Lithium-Ion battery.
The bike also features regenerative braking to recapture lost energy from braking and with a fast charge you are ready to go in half an hour. The price a mere $38 888 of course.
From one of the fastest electric motorbikes in the world we go to one of the slowest but not without its merits.
The Yamaha EC-03 is one of the worlds electric motorbikes that are more reasonably priced and within reach of the average tree hugger, priced at $2 700.
Designed for short city bound commutes and costs next to nothing to charge, makes it an economical way to get around town. So it will definitely capture a large portion of the urban commuter market. It features a 15 ah Lithium-ion battery with a 7-hour charge time and a top speed of 25 mph.
The BMW C-Evolution is an electric scooter designed for the urban environment.
It features the same Lithium-ion battery technology as the BMW i3 EV and has a range of 99 miles on a single charge.
The maximum speed is electronically limited to 80 mph to ensure optimized power consumption and range. With acceleration from 0 – 30 mph in only 2.8 seconds.
The electric motor has a peak output of 48 hp.
Now KTM is quite a well known global brand of off-road dirt bikes and now they have two electric models, namely the Freeride E-SM and E-XC.
The E-XC has an electric motor with a peak power output of 24 hp with a 3.9 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack.
This model has a maximum range of 77 miles. It also has different rides modes that one can select depending on conditions such as Economy, Enduro, and Cross.
Victory motorcycles is quite a well brand name already in the US and not a newcomer to the electric motorbike.
Their electric motorbike model is known as the Empulse, it has a 10.4 kWh Lithium-ion battery with a top speed of 100 mph and claims to have the fastest charging battery on the market.
The price is also reasonable compared to other electric motorbikes in the same category, priced at $19 999 and is freely available throughout the US.
Zero started up 10 years ago in a Santa Cruz garage as a lot of big businesses have in the past! Zero is a well established electric motorcycle brand if not the biggest globally.
Offering 6 models with electric motor sizes ranging from 44 bhp to 67 bhp. Prices start at $10 000 all the way up to $14 000 for the top model.
What’s unique about these electric motorbikes is the modular battery pack, add new batteries on the fly to increase range or backup battery supplies when power is running low.