Last Updated on November 1, 2021
It wasn’t long ago when electric vehicles or electric modes of transport were seen as a novelty. However, the reality is, over the last few years, the electric vehicle industry has begun to evolve rapidly. Nowadays, it is hard to walk through a city and not see someone on an electric scooter, skateboard, bicycle, or driving an electric car.
Many of these vehicles are also made by smaller companies trying their hands at a fun and unique looking modes of transport. As well as this, more popular companies like Harley Davidson, Zero, and Energica have created more expensive offerings, and this article seems to review a broad spectrum of each. The electric revolution has well and truly taken off, so if you are considering an electric motorcycle, this is the article to read.
Why an Electric Motorcycle?
Electric motorcycles, unlike regular motorcycles, are free of harmful emissions and are environmentally friendly. They are a cleaner and more sustainable alternative to other modes of transport. Users can qualify for rebates, use electric lanes, electric spaces, and know that they are doing their bit for the environment.
Electric vehicles are known for their silence. As well as not letting out any harmful emissions, electric motorcycles also do not let out any sound. This is a welcome contrast to regular motorcycles, which are known for their loud and obnoxious noise.
Unique Performance and Technology
Electric motorcycles are fast; they have massive acceleration capabilities and a lot of torque as well. Some electric motorcycles can hit 200kph, but in most cases, 120-150kph is the standard so that a little speed is sacrificed for performance. Similarly, many new electric motorcycle models use advanced battery and motor technology. They have their own apps that sync to your smartphone that can tell you how far you travelled, your average speed, and how well you drove.
Things to consider before you buy
Weight and Speed
Speed with any motorcycle is going to be essential. Most people that own a motorbike want that feeling of adrenaline. However, in most cases, an increase in speed will decrease performance with electric vehicles. It is always better to be safe than sorry; most electric motorcycles will have a top speed of 120-150kph, which is more than enough on any road. Similarly, the battery packs attached to the bikes, although smaller than they used to be, are still heavy and this will likely impact speed as well, so keep the weight of the bike in mind before you commit to a bike.
Range and Charge Time
With many older electric models, the range used to be a genuine concern for many; however, many newer EV models boast ranges of hundreds of miles each and can be charged in just a couple of hours. Firmware updates can also be released for any vehicle which looks to increase performance over time. With the rise of electric vehicles becoming more prominent, more charging stations are getting built, too, meaning that you can start travelling longer distances away from home without the need to worry about running out of battery.
As with anything, you will have to pay for quality. Many top motorcycle brands will command a $20,000+ price tag for their electric motorbikes, but you expect the best quality.
Many more niche brands have also released their variants for more affordable prices, and their quality is also excellent. It is important to understand what you need the bike for before buying it too. If you want an electric motorbike to get to the shops a little faster, then spending $30,000 on a Harley Davidson may seem a little excessive, but if you will use it as your main mode of transport every day, perhaps it is worth the investment.
1. Zero SR
Fast, reliable, and stunning, the Zero SR is one of the leading electric motorcycles for a good reason. 0-60 takes less than 4 seconds and costs less than a dollar to charge, the SR is a top-quality option for anyone that wishes to take their biking seriously. It’s 100% electric powertrain means that it has low maintenance even when it is riding, and its Bosch ABS system is state of the art, giving you full control. Charging with a charge tank takes only one hour, and with a max speed of 150kph, there is some serious power built-in. Prices start at a reasonable $11,000 and scale up depending on what you want to add on.
2. Harley Davidson LiveWire
With Harley Davidson, you know that you are getting the best in quality. Their foray into the electric vehicle market will set you back about $30,000 off the bat, but there is arguably no better riding experience. It has a smooth and dynamic throttle response which makes the bike super easy to control, and with 106bhp, it is powerful enough without being too powerful. One negative to keep an eye on is the bikes 12.5-hour charge with a level 1 charger. This means that once you utilize the bikes 100-mile range, you will need to give it plenty of time to recharge again.
3. Propella 7-Speed
In between all of these expensive electric bikes, I think it is important to reference a couple of bargain bikes. As far as well priced electric bikes go, the Propella 7-Speed is up there with one of the best. Coming in at 20 kilos in weight, it is lightweight, and with its Samsung powered battery, it has some reliable and high-end technology attached to it.
It has puncture-resistant tires, an adjustable seat, compact fast charging capabilities, and is available in batches via the Propella website. The bikes are only available for US and Canadian delivery and are only available in batches that tend to sell out quickly, so if you want one, you will have to be quick.
4. Energica Ego
Without a doubt, the Energica Ego is one of the most powerful bikes on this list. Going from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds flat, users will find themselves taking off in an instant.
One of its main characteristics is its ability to handle perfectly at lower and higher speeds; its 13.4 kWh battery and 10,000+ torque give the bike unmistakable speed. Its stunning black and red design give it an unmistakable look. There are 4-speed types available, Eco, Standard, Wet, and Sport, and each setting is optimized for a particular environment.
The bike also has an incredible 167 bhp, almost unheard-of power for an electric vehicle. Prices for the regular Ego start at about 24,000 euros, and for the Ego+ you can expect to pay around 32,000 euro. You can also make little custom additions to your bike and change the color.
5. Cannondale Quick Neo SL
Coming in at an accessible $2,500, the Quick Neo works with various applications and is a great mid-range bike that is powerful without being too much. It has a range of up to 50 miles and a top speed of 35kph, so it is great for cruising around the town or city and with its lightweight aluminum frame, it is light and easy to control. It is not the most technologically advanced bike on the list by any means. Still, it is lightweight, versatile, well-priced and easy to control, and easy on the wallet—an excellent option for those who don’t want a motorcycle that is too powerful.
6. Lightning Strike Carbon Edition
One word describes this bike, badass. 200kph top speed, 120 horsepower and 150 miles of use put the Carbon Edition at the top of the pile. It is available in a stunning blue but can also be bought in black, yellow, white, or red. Retailing for about $20,000, you will need to put a $10,000 deposit down to guarantee one of these limited edition powerhouses!
7. Specialized Men’s Turbo Levo Comp
Regularly touted as the best mountain bike on the electric bike market, the Levo Comp has a powerful 500-watt smart control motor and a stiff, well-made frame that underpins its quality. It is the first pedal-assisted mountain bike of its kind and at $7,500, relatively well priced for quality and innovation.
Made to be a fully-fledged trial bike, the Levo has a low center of gravity and has been built at an angle to increase the ability to climb hills. The 700Wh capacity motor has an energy saving mode that increases range. If you are a mountain biker and want to add quality to the adrenaline you already look for, then the Levo is a perfect choice of bike, and at $7,500 is a quarter of the price of some other options on the list.
8. Tern Vektron S10
If you want an electric bike, but storage is an issue, then you should consider the Tern Vektron S10. For $4,000, you don’t only get a great bike that provides a smooth ride and high-end performance, but you get a bike that is easily stored and foldable. Its Bosch performance motor delivers an 80-mile range and a top speed of 80kph, and its EZ fit compatible rack stores the bike perfectly so that you can bring it on holiday or a road trip without any trouble.
There are separate payment options available on the website, with monthly payments of $360 seeming far more accessible than $4,000 upfront. On top of that, with 97% of customers reviewing the bike either 4 or 5-stars, it highlights the quality attached to this outstanding bike.