Top Ten Electric Motorcycles
With the government’s commitment to ban the sale of petrol bikes from showrooms as of 2035 there will inevitably be a spike in the market. However, not only are electric motorcycles ridiculously cheap to run (as little as 30p to recharge), some of our picks have stats that combustion engines could only dream of. Coupled with some pretty funky styling, this surely makes purchasing an electric bike as your next set of wheels a no brainer, right?
Hee are our RideTo top ten electric motorcycles.
A futuristic new model from the German giants. The CE-04 is a 42hp full-size scooter with a range of up to 130km from its 148v battery. It is laden with features and tech, such as 3 riding modes, Full LED lighting, keyless ignition, a 10.5 inch TFT screen and even a reverse gear! That gear may come in handy though as the BMW is a chubby little guy, tipping the scales at 231kg. It's got the power, range and comfort to make it a genuine commuter over longer distances. Add to that its manga comic book looks that are sure to turn some heads, and it's a very appealing form of green transport.
- Max power: 20HP (15KW)
- Top speed: 120km/h
- Acceleration: 0-60 in 9.1s
- Weight: 231kg
- Range: 130km
- Charge time: 4hr 20min
Even a stalwart of some of the thirstiest combustion engines on the market has recognised times are a-changin'. Harley-Davidson’s offering, LiveWire, is by no means an entry-level eco motor with that price tag, but its aggressive styling and valiant effort when two prototypes were put through their paces across America, has won it some admiring glances.
- Max power: 105 HP (78KW)
- Top speed: 110mph
- Acceleration: 0-60mph in 3s
- Weight: 251kg
- Range: 98 miles
- Charge time: One hour (Level 3 DC Fast Charge)
This mean-looking machine channels the hyper-naked aesthetic and extends this into the SR/F’s performance stats. Its mind-boggling 0-60mph time on a dyno of 1.6s would leave F1 cars and MotoGP bikes in an embarrassing cloud of, well, nothing, because of no emissions, in reality, the 0-60mph is closer to 3.7s but you've got to admit that's still pretty impressive. Its mid-market pricing and considerable range make it accessible for both daily and fair-weather riders.
- Max power: 110HP (82KW)
- Top speed: 124mph
- Acceleration: 060mph in 3.7s
- Weight: 220kg
- Range: 200 miles (max)
- Charge time: Four-ad-a-half hours at a Level 2 charge station
Another stripped-back entry, the Eva Ribelle is one of the most power-laden of all the bikes in this feature. This is the MotoE brand’s EGO model that’s been on an intensive juice diet which boasts the capability of switching from track days, to city slicking, and onto luggage laden touring without breaking a sweat.
- Max power: 169HP (126KW) peak
- Top speed: 124mph
- Acceleration: 0-60mph in 2.6s
- Weight: 260kg
- Range: 261 miles (city)
- Charge time: Around six hours with a Level 2 charger
If there was ever a brand to rival Energica when it comes to the realms of MotoE, Damon could be it. The Hypersport Premier stats are eye-watering: 200HP, 200mph, and 0-60mph in under three seconds. Add to that a competitive range of 200 miles and you have a combination that could mean you never bat an eyelid at an R1 or S1000RR ever again.
- Max power: 200HP (150KW)
- Top speed: 200mph
- Acceleration: 0-60mph in under three seconds
- Weight: 200kg
- Range: 200 miles
- Charge time: Three hours with a Level 2 charger
If urban cool is more your style, this effortlessly slick cruiser from Tarform might be the electric bike of your dreams. However, this is not a case of style over substance; the Tarform still has an acceleration capable of beating its petrol equivalents off the traffic lights. You can also choose between two modern classic styles by the Brooklyn-based outfit - Scrambler and Racer.
- Max power: 55HP (41KW)
- Top speed: 120mph
- Acceleration: 0-60mph in 3.8s
- Weight: 200kg
- Range: 120 miles
- Charge time: 80% in 52 minutes with a Level 2 charger
Fuell has already established a considerable reputation as a market leader in electric pedal cycles, so it was only a matter of time before it delved into the world of throttled modes of transport given its founder’s pedigree. Erik Buell (creator of the legendary Buell motorcycle brand that eventually merged with H-D) designed this specifically to meet the needs of urban riders with storage for a bag and full-face helmet, a low centre of gravity, and a sensible range. It even comes in a smaller power capacity to suit all licence requirements.
- Max power: 48HP (35KW)
- Top speed: up to 87mph
- Acceleration: 0-60mph in 2.7s
- Weight: 180kg
- Range: 150 miles
- Charge time: One hour and 15 minutes with a Level 2 charger
This is the road-legal sibling of Cake’s Kalk OR (nope, I’ve no idea how to pronounce the ampersand either). It’s designed to be an intermediary between an electric pedal bike and the larger competitors already listed within this article. Its diminutive stature doesn’t mean it skimps on quality, with the frame forged from aluminium and Öhlins premium air forks as standard. It can also be charged from standard 110v/220v outlets in three hours making it a convenient mode of movement. (N.B. Apparently, it’s pronounced ‘Kalk And’ - now you know).
- Max power: 13.5HP (10KW)
- Top speed: 56mph
- Acceleration: No data
- Weight: 79kg
- Range: 51 miles
- Charge time: Three hours with a 110v/220v outlet
The limited-edition creation of a world-leading Coventry-based team of designers and engineers packs an incredible amount of electric punch. It’s been limited to 124mph, suggesting its use as a road bike barely scratches the surface of its potential. Each Vector is unique to its owner, as well as benefiting from a super-quick charge time and the potential of a 287-mile range that could get its rider from its home city to Scotland without the need to stop.
- Max power: 127HP (95KW)
- Top speed: Limited to 124mph
- Acceleration: 0-60mph in 3.1s
- Weight: 220kg
- Range: 287 miles
- Charge time: 40 minutes
Phase 2 of Project Triumph TE-1 is now complete as the quintessentially British brand has revealed the design of the bike’s powertrain. It’s still a way off from becoming commercially available - Triumph and its collaborators (including Williams and Warwick University) are taking their time on this project, and deliberately so. Their aim is to squeeze every ounce out of electric bike capabilities in bid to provide a strong foundation for what seems to be an inevitably combustion-free future. Keep an eye out for updates - with the current iteration of the electric bike market still in its relative infancy, this could be the next big revolution.
- Max power: TBC
- Top speed: TBC
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