The automotive market is undergoing a great change in recent months, also due to the anti-pollution regulations introduced by the European Union which have prompted many brands to devote themselves to alternative engines – mainly electric – much earlier than initially planned. The motorcycle market follows, forgive me the joke, wheel: despite the fact that most of the large motorcycle manufacturers have not yet equipped themselves to offer models powered by an electric engine on the market, we already have several interesting proposals made by other brands, usually created ad hoc to enter a market that has a lot of potential.
The aspects that stand slowing down the spread of electric motorcycles there are mainly two: given the little space on board, on electric motorcycles it is not possible to install large capacity batteries, and consequently theautonomy not the best. You can work around the problem by installing latest generation chargers, which allow shorter charging times. The second reason is the purchase price: for many the motorbike is a hobby and a passion, more than a means of transport with functional purposes, and the average figures at which electric motorcycles are sold are still very high and frighten buyers; in this case we can not help but wait, over the years the prices will drop because the supply chain will be more and more tested.
The task is not simple, convince fans that the electric is not the absolute evil it will be a very difficult undertaking, but it is necessary to try because it will inevitably be one of the ways to go once petrol is abandoned as a fuel.
The market already offers an interesting variety of means dedicated to all needs, we tried to select the five most interesting models.
The exception that proves the rule: Harley-Davidson LiveWire
It is the first, and probably unique, concrete example of electric motorcycle produced by a brand that made the history of thermal engines: the Harley-Davidson LiveWire has made a lot of talk about itself in the months leading up to its launch on the market, which took place at the beginning of 2020. 230 km on city roads, the first electric of the Milwaukee house can shoot from 0 to 100 in just 3.5 seconds thanks to a 105 horsepower electric motor, and 15.5 kWh battery.
Harley-Davidson LiveWire is available in Italy at price of 34,200 €.
For off-road: KTM Freeride e-XC 200
I know seven enduro enthusiasts, you will certainly know that in Italy it is increasingly difficult to do so without incurring penalties; gives us a hand KTM, who made the Freeride e-XC 200, a electric version of its almost namesake EXC from enduro with internal combustion engine, to allow you to do enduro significantly reducing noise and environmental pollution.
The 2020 version includes a 3.9 kWh battery – against 2.6 of the previous one – sufficient for an hour and a half of use, difficult to translate into kilometers traveled since off-roading is much slower than on asphalt. Despite its off-road vocation, the KTM Freeride e-XC 200 is also perfectly usable on the road, and is very light and handy, easy to drive even for newbies.
KTM Freeride e-XC 200 is available in Italy at the price of 11,825 €.
To feel like a rider: Energica Ego RS
During 2020, the Italian company Resilient presented the “RS” – Sports Department update package, which made it possible to significantly improve performance across the entire range offered by the company. The sportier model is called Ego and is able to reach the top speed of 241 km / h. Energica offers the Ego at a starting price of 19,664 euros in the version with 13.4 kWh battery, while you get to well € 24,419 for the increased battery of 21.5 kWh, with which you can travel about 400 km in the city, and 200 in the combined cycle.
To do many km: Zero SR
Zero Motorcycles it is probably there most experienced company to date, having offered over the years a varied and complete range of electric proposals. One of the latest creations is called Zero SR, and it’s a bike that makes the practicality of use is its strong point, considering that the aesthetics are anything but flashy. Zero SR is one compact naked equipped with a engine of about 70 horsepower, able to travel more than 280 km in the city.
The starting price of the Zero SR is 18,400 euro, with the possibility of buy a quick charger separately which allows you to bring back the 100% battery charged in just over 2 hours.
For a little money: Super SOCO TC Max
If the prices of electric motorcycles scare you, know that there are cheaper alternatives: we have chosen the Super SOCO TC Max for this category, sold at a list price of 4,890 €. The TC max is a small two-wheeler equipped with a equivalent engine to that of a 125cc (3900W of power), reaches the maximum speed of 95 km / h and has autonomy of about 110 km. The cafe racer style and refined materials make it a very interesting bike for the price at which it is proposed, and the prospects further improve when it is discovered that it is possible to install an optional second battery to double the autonomy.
The Super SOCO TC Max is a excellent way to get around the city, but also for short trips out of town.
Source: Tom's Hardware by www.tomshw.it.
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