E-motorcycles: coming soon to a road near you?
E-motorcycles are no longer concepts found in labs, and one of the first super sports e-bikes is becoming available throughout the world.
Italian firm Energica are no newcomers to high performance electric motorcycles, but their Eva and Ego models are the firm’s first to be legalised on public roads. Last year, the company announced new dealerships in Switzerland and The Netherlands. They entered the UK in March this year, and have just started releasing their bikes in Norway and California too. Energica intend to produce 200 bikes in 2016 and a further 500 in 2017.
These bikes can charge to 85% in just 30 minutes, using the quick charging stations that you have probably noticed starting to appear throughout the country. Braking directs power back to charging the batteries, while the motors power the Energica Ego at 136 hp. The Evo will carry you up to 200km in its Eco mode.
Sustainable e-motorcycles are becoming more commonplace and the UK government’s drive to increase use of sustainable technologies will likely increase this. Meanwhile, the expansion in quick charging stations will make them more viable to use.
To find out more, go to www.energicamotor.com or see the top electric motorcycles you should try in 2016.
Main image: Nissan Leaf quick charger, author Mariordo (Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz), cropped and scaled to size, original available here under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licence.