Monday, February 13, 2017

Electric Motorcycles You Can Buy Today

Electric motorcycles and cars are the future. They are here and they will be the market but not yet.

Electric vehicles may not own the market yet but the current market [sic] for them is getting more powerful [sic pun] every day. With a huge nod to Tesla and our four wheeled friends (oft enemies) there are some solid choices for motorcycles presently.

Lightning Motorcycles LS-218

Lightning Motorcycle has designed and produced a Sportbike sure to change the minds of anyone doubting electric motorcycle performance. The LS-218 is the fastest production motorcycle in the world - gas or electric. Retail price starts at $38,888 USD.

The LS 218 set a world record of 215.907 mph at Bonneville Speedway in Utah in 2011. The motorcycle has an average range of 100 miles on highways. But it's a bit pricier with that kind of speed and power at $38,888. It charges in 2 hours on a level 2 charger.

Alta Redshift SM and Redshift MX

Priced at $15,495, the Redshift SM has a top speed of 80 mph and charges in six hours from a level 2 charger. The SM is a bit limited when it comes to range at just 50 miles, but it's packed with enough power for those looking for a city bike.

For anyone looking to go electric for an off-road experience, Alta also offers its Redshift MX, pictured here. Like the SM, it also has an output of 40 hp and 120 ft.-lb. of torque.

The MX is a bit cheaper at $14,995, but you'll be compromising more with a top speed of 65 mph. Alta says the MX has a range anywhere between 1-4 hours, depending on factors like environment and speed.

Both the SM and MX can be reserved online with a $100 deposit. Deliveries for the SM are scheduled to begin in February. The MX will be delivered between now and February 1, depending on when you place your order.

Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, two of the original co-founders of Tesla, invested in Alta Motorcycles.

ZERO S, SR, DS, DSR, FX and FXS Supermoto

Zero Motorcycles has a few different options for its 2017 electric motorcycle lineup...

Zero S Streetfigther: Up to 202 miles city range. 81 ft-lb, 60 hp (45 kW)
Zero SR Electric Hotrod: Stunning acceleration. 116 ft-lb, 70 hp (52 kW).
Zero DS: Dual Sport. Ride through anything. 81 ft-lb, 60 hp (45 kW)
Zero DSR: Max Adventure. Powerful versatility. 116 ft-lb, 70 hp (52 kW)
Zero FX: Lean and Mean. Attack trails and twisties. 78 ft-lb, 46 hp (34 kW)
Zero FXS: Supermoto. Conquer urban obstacles. 78 ft-lb, 46 hp (34 kW)

Zero Motorcycles doesn't say how long it takes the bikes to charge, only that purchasing its Charge Tank accessory will reduce the charge time to 2-3 hours at standard charging stations.

Energica Ego and EVA

The Energica Ego is another option for those looking for more speed. The Italian superbike gets an output of 136 hp with 195 Nm (roughly 144 ft.-lb.) of torque. The motorcycle has a maximum speed limited at 149 mph and a range of 93 miles. The Ego can charge in 3.5 hours on a level 2 charger, but can charge in 30 minutes on a DC fast charger.

The Ego comes with a 4.3-inch color display that monitors the battery and offers short-range Bluetooth connectivity of up to 100 meters (328 feet.) The $34,000 motorcycle will offer cellular connectivity for longer ranges by the end of this year. It also comes with Park Assistant.

The biggest difference between the Eva and Ego comes down to power, as the Eva has an output of 95 hp and 170 Nm (125 ft.-lb.) of torque. But even if the Eva doesn't pack the same punch as the Ego, it's still a solid option with a top speed of 124 mph. The roughly $26,500 motorcycle also has a range of up to 124 miles in ECO mode. The Eva can charge fully in 3.5 hours with a standard level 2 outlet.

Johammer J1 (This is Why Craftsmen HATE Interior Designers)

Yes you can buy this pile of crap. Should you? HELL NO! The last time some overly self important d-bag with too much coke in his blood and way too much industry influence created such an abomination was the Not-Aborted-Fast-Enough Dodge Tomahawk... That thing was not only as hideous as the j1 but was totally UNRIDABLE over ten miles per hour (and yet they claimed it could go 300, which is such total marketing bullshit as to literally make me sick)... Some people just need to overdose on the drugs they are so clearly blinded by.

The Brutus V9

The Brutus V9 comes with an 18.8 kWh or 33.7 kWh battery option that gives it a range exceeding 130 miles. The motorcycle has a top speed of 115 mph. The Brutus V9 has a starting price of $32,490.


Don't forget that with more compact power and newer materials there will also be a huge rise in hybrid bikes like the KTM Freeride E-SX


KTM Freeride E-XC

Absolute freedom! Whether on the road or in offroad terrain, everything is possible on the FREERIDE E-XC. No exhaust emissions and no noise pollution, plus a spontaneous, surprisingly powerful, state-of-the-art electric drive. Fun is guaranteed for novices and professionals alike, thanks to the various adjustable ride modes from economy to standard to advanced. The pioneering electric vehicle concept for the offroad world has been brought to production readiness by KTM over a four-year development period, to make a contribution towards better environmental compatibility. The electric motor with an output of up to 16 kW (22 hp) and torque of 42 Nm is just as sporty as other KTM bikes. The flat KTM PowerPack is completely recharged in only 80 minutes (80% in 50 minutes), so nothing stands in the way of up to an hour of riding fun, depending on terrain and riding style.

Electric Motorcycles are the light at the end of the tunnel... They are inevitable and they have momentum.

The 9 best electric motorcycles you can buy today