Top 5 Electric Motorcycles [Infographic]
Hold on—electric motorcycles? Yes, we’re serious. No, this isn’t some fictional invention from a “Back to the Future” film. Electric motorcycles have become a reality in our own world, and they’re just as powerful (in some cases more so) than an ordinary, fuel-powered motorcycle.
You’re already doing your part to cut emissions by driving a motorcycle, right? But an electric motorcycle offers maximum power with zero emissions. In fact, each motorcycle in the infographic below can reach 100 miles per hour within two to five seconds. Pretty impressive for an eco-friendly vehicle. And it’s probably worth mentioning that if you purchase an electric motorcycle, the U.S. government will grant you a 10 percent income tax credit of up to $2,500. Not a bad way to save the environment and your cash.
Over the last few years, luxury car brands like Audi and Tesla have been doing their part to end the “wimpy” stigma surrounding electric vehicles. Motorcycles have made their own strides as well. Considering some of these bad boys can hit top speeds of 350 miles per hour, they’re a far cry from a Prius. Even some of the big wigs in motorcycle manufacturing are entering the eco-friendly space, including Harley-Davidson. Check out the infographic below to learn more about some of the leading electric motorcycle models.
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With the growing need for environmental conservation, many of the world’s biggest brands are working on research and development of electric vehicles, and every day electric motorcycle technology continues to improve. The following list introduces several of the best electric motorcycles currently in production.
- POWER OUTPUT 120KW
- 0-100 KMPH 3 SEC
- TOP SPEED 225.3 KMPH
- RANGE 168 KM
Developed by Mission Motors in San Francisco, the Mission R is one of the world’s most advanced motorcycles. This ride is packed with the race-proven InfiniteDrive™ powertrain known for delivering bizarre levels of performance. It’s also equipped with the futuristic rider/machine interface called MissionOS.
LS - 218
- POWER OUTPUT 149 KW
- 0-100 KMPH 2 SEC
- TOP SPEED 350 KMPH
- RANGE 160 KM
Developed by Lightning Motorcycle Corp., the LS-218 is the the world's fastest electric motorcycle. This ride marks the first opportunity for consumers to purchase an electric motorcycle capable of setting land speed records. While fuel-efficient, it’s just like riding a 250cc consumer bike—only better.
- POWER OUTPUT 55 KW
- 0-100 KMPH 4 SEC
- TOP SPEED 148 KMPH
- RANGE 160 KM
Live Wire is the first motorcycle made by Harley-Davidson, America’s most iconic motorcycle brand. The Live-Wire has been featured in many Hollywood movies as well, proving this bike to be the best looking electric motorcycle to date.
- POWER OUTPUT 100 KW
- 0-100 KMPH 3 SEC
- TOP SPEED 240 KMPH
- RANGE 150 KM
Developed by Italy's Energica Motor Company, the Energize EGO is all about delivering maximum performance with zero emissions. This bike is equipped with one of the most futuristic dashboards ever seen on any motorcycle. Best of all, it can go from 0 to 60 in just under four seconds.
- POWER OUTPUT 44.5 KW
- 0-100 KMPH 4.8 SEC
- TOP SPEED 161 KMPH
- RANGE 200 KM
This motorcycle was originally developed by Brammo, which was purchased by Polaris in 2015. After some modifications and improvements, it was released as the Empulse TT. This ride can reach speeds over 100 MPH and can fully charge in less than four hours.