They are light, powerful, have plenty of torques, equivalent between a 250cc and 350, run on electricity and two wheels, and they are outpacing car sales… Electric motorcycles.
The gist is that when consumers become skittish, they start to tighten their wallets and splurge less. What is interesting is to see the popularity electric motorcycles and scooters have regained in these interesting times.
Two Wheel Transportation Outperforms Slump. According to an ABC report, the electric two wheel world has adopted lithium batteries which makes motorcycle light and great performers.
Motorcycles, Scooters and eBikes. Consider last year 25 million ebikes were sold in China and in the US increased by 50% each year where it sells between $1,000 to $3,000. Hot on their trail are the introduction of hybrid mopeds and motorcycles that go for around $3,000 to $4,000, with X-treme scooters capable of 60 mph for 90 miles on one charge.
Old School Companies Go Electric. And here is the best part, KTM is working on a prototype, according to AutoBlogGreen. KTM entering the field is a serious warning that motorcycles are embarking on a new journey here. KTM doesn’t do things halfway. Consider the bike will weigh under 200 pounds with nearly 30 lb-ft of torque available by 2010. Honda is also working on a hybrid, and yes, a fuel cell one. And less you wanted to see what other start ups are doing, we suggest you check out Zero Motorcycles we briefly covered here, the eKRAD with its A 21 kilowatt or 28hp electric engine with 72 volts and Quantya with its 48 volts and 40Ah. Of course, lets not forget the new kid on the block with high hopes, Mission One.
All in all, this is one segment of the electric vehicle market that is doing and we believe, will continue to do so.