Five Exciting Electric Motorcycles For 2019
There’s no doubt about it, electric motorcycles appear to be the next wave of innovation in the motorcycle industry. This doesn’t mean that the trend has caught on everywhere. In a way, the motorcycle community seems to be divided when it comes to their ideas of what the future of the industry is going to entail.
In fact, some riders are still incredibly skeptical when it comes to electric vehicles. But whether you’re into them or not, it is difficult to deny that the age of the electric motorcycle may be coming upon us faster than we think.
Compared to how recent these innovations are, the leaps that electric motorcycle manufacturers have made in the last decade are truly impressive. Electric bikes are quickly moving from the territory of novelty concept right on to the mainstream showrooms. In fact, current projects state that by 2024 55 million electric motorcycles will be sold on the market.
Whether you’re interested in purchasing a new motorcycle, or you’re just curious about the different models that are out there at the moment, we have you covered! Read on for five of the most exciting electric motorcycles on the market today.
Harley-Davidson’s answer to the electric motorcycle question made waves in the industry after the introduction in January of this year. The Livewire 2020 is scheduled to hit dealership floors in the fall of 2019. Pre-orders began earlier this year, and the reactions to the bike have been mixed, to say the least.
Though the prospects of an electric bike with the power of a Harley is certainly appealing to a big group of people, there are more than a few naysayers. There are two areas where the Livewire has been lambasted, it’s price and it’s range.
At nearly $30,000 starting price, a Livewire is simply not within the realm of possibility for the very demographic who tends to embrace electric vehicles, young adults. With millennials with less purchasing power than their predecessors, they simply do not have the resources to drop 30k on a motorcycle.
Finding their audience may prove to be a bit of a challenge for Harley. For now, we will just have to wait and see how the enigmatic bike performs on the market.
Zero FSX 2018
Beginning all the way back in 2006, Zero Motorcycles has been one of the leaders in the electric motorcycle game since they came on the scene. Starting from a relative nobody out of a garage in Santa Cruz, California, they have grown to become one of the foremost leaders in the electric motorcycle scene. Combined with innovation and affordability, Zero motorcycles are pushing the envelope when it comes to the motorcycle industry. One of the top motorcycles in this group is the Zero FSX.
The Zero FSX sports some of the best bang for your buck in the game. Know this, it is not a long-distance touring bike. The Zero packs about 100 miles with a full charge for city driving. This bike is meant for a sleek, energy efficient method for commuting in an urban environment.
Combining sleek designs with solid performance, it’s little wonder that Zero’s bikes continue to grow in popularity. As they continue to produce more bikes, we can expect to see them continue to offer some of the best offerings in electric motorcycles.
One of the newest electric bikes to hit the market, the Emflux is already becoming the talk of the town. Designed by an EV startup out of India, the Emflux is looking to be the next affordable offering in electric motorcycles.
The prototype model has recently been released, and the company is hoping to list them for under $9,000 USD. This bike is one of the newest motorcycles designed to be affordable to a wider swath of consumers. The model is also stated to have anti-lock brakes as well as traction control.
After an exciting first reveal, the wait for this model to hit the market is on for budget-conscience motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere! Projections for the release of the Emflux One to the public are sometime around December 2019.
Super SOCO TC Max
Speaking of affordable electric vehicles, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the SOCO TC Max. This new model out of Shanghai is one of the more exciting entries into the field. The bike’s peak power caps out at around 62 miles per hour, so it’s definitely not meant for long-distance highway riding.
However, if you’re looking for an affordable way to spice up your commute to work or to run errands around town, this could be the electric bike for you! The final price for this model is around $5,000 USD, making it one of the most cost-efficient, and affordable motorcycles on the market today.
LS – 218
When a bike is named after a land speed record, you know you are in for one hell of a ride. This model is not messing around, it is capable of going 0-60 mph in 2.2 seconds and 0-100 mph in 5.5 seconds!
The LS – 218 from Lightning Motorcycles is one of the most powerful electric bikes of today. The model comes with three different battery options, ranging from 100 miles to 180 miles per charge.
With all of that power and speed, you’re going to have to shell out quite a bit of cash. The model currently goes for around $38,888 to $46,888, depending on which battery option you chose. However, it is fully street legal and by far one of the coolest electric motorcycles on the market right now!
Electric Motorcycles Of 2019
Who knows if we will witness electric motorcycles completely overtake their gas-powered counterparts in the near future.
For now, the trend certainly seems to be going in the direction of more fuel-efficient, electric vehicles. Even if you’re just window shopping for now, it’s fun to read up on the latest models and trends!
If you have had experiences with electric motorcycles, we’d like to hear from you. Do you think they are the future of the industry? Let us know in the comments below.