Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Electric motorbikes - has their time come?


It’s time to take electric motorbikes seriously. In 2016, Germany voted to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030, and the UK Government is under pressure to bring its ban on the sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans forward from 2040 to 2032, leaving electric vehicles as our only current viable alternative. We're expecting this to have a direct impact on the bike market too, but what do you need to know about electric motorcycles?

Tesla have made huge steps towards bringing electric cars into the mainstream, even working to improve the infrastructure by installing fast-charge points at service stations. It doesn’t look like they have any interest in launching a motorbike anytime soon, but others are making serious progress and they’re getting pretty good. Ranges of over 100 miles are already possible, making an EV bike a viable proposition for many commuters as well as those who just want to have fun. Furthermore, there are plenty of electric mopeds out there should you need a lower-cost, more practical solution.

Time I played with a few more leccy bikes I think! Last month I rode & was very impressed with the Harley-Davidson LiveWireRoyal Jordanian is a YouTuber who I have followed with interest for a few years. Here is his glowing review of the Zero FXS. Perhaps we need to reset our heads. Bikes (and cars) don't need to be powered by recycled dinosaurs. If your trip is further than the range of your bike, stop off for a coffee at a service station & top off the battery...


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