Back in 2016, Germany voted to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030. As the UK becomes more environmentally conscious, the government is feeling the pressure to cut back on its emissions. One way the UK is doing this is to encourage the use of electric motorcycles so we can expect to see a massive push in the sale of electric bikes, but what exactly do you need to know about electric motorcycles? SorryMate decided to have a look at the new and upcoming electric motorcycles for 2019. Read on to find out more.
The Harley-Davidson Livewire
After several years of discussion and concepts as well as a high degree of temptation, Harley-Davidson has recently launched their Livewire electric motorcycle. The fully adjustable front and rear suspension equate to high-performance.
SHOWA is perfect for dialling in your precise comfort and handling for your style of riding. Making it work for just about any rider, I particularly like this feature as feeling comfortable on any bike is an important aspect when looking to purchase the perfect one for you. It has a lightweight frame which is made from cast aluminium, making it extremely rigid and contributes to the precise, responsive handling that will genuinely make this motorcycle a thrill to ride.
Another intelligent feature of the Livewire is the touchscreen display with Bluetooth connectivity; having an option to fast charge the battery via the tank is beneficial.
The cost of the Livewire starts at £28,995, thus putting it in direct competition with the Energica Eva. Delivery of the Livewire is expected to be in the autumn of 2019.
When this bike was initially launched in Amsterdam in February 2019, Zero claimed that their SR/F streetfighter is an “industry-leading power, control and connection”.
The company ‘Zero’ have been fighting a considerable headwind with electric motorcycles. With the uptake much slower than they had initially expected, they still sell more electric bikes per year than all of their competitors combined. Their high sales figures put them right up there at the top of the market, and they are truly leading the way.
Effortless power, control and connection are just some of the great things that the SRF delivers. It’s 190 Nm of torque, and 110 horsepower are all on tap with the simple twist of a throttle. This is thanks to the class-leading performance and efficiency of Zero’s new ZF75-10 motor and ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery.
The Zero SR/F, equipped with Zero’s Cypher III operating system and Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC), is equal parts brawn and brains. The effortless power is paired with intuitive control, thus creating the new standard for premium performance. An adaptable motorcycle and powertrain combination that navigates diverse road terrain and conditions.
The Zero Motorcycles SRF is the world’s first fully “smart” motorcycle. Cypher III, which is a combination of a customizable dash which connects to Zero’s next-generation app, is a whole new level. It allows the rider and bike to communicate critical information anywhere at any time. The new SR/F will inevitably bring the company a boost. Despite this, the entry-level model with the £1500 grant still comes in at a rather hefty £16,490.
Zero have announced that they will produce an upgrade to the DSR model for 2019. For 2019, the DSR will get a host of upgrades, one of which will be a new ZF14.4 battery.
Zero have been working on an adventure bike for the electric class in the form of the DSR Black Forest. This bike comes with luggage and a 163-mile range (at city speeds) as standard, however, there are optional upgrades such as a range-extending battery (costing £3000) that can improve this. Alternatively, for those who want more range, an upgradeable Charge Tank (at the cost of £2300) will increase the charge-rate to whopping 93 miles per hour of charge.
Currently, adventure touring on the Zero DSR would be an expensive and somewhat impractical affair at the moment. However, things are certainly moving in the right direction. It will not be long until electric bike touring will become more practical and more affordable.
This motorcycle strives to be robust and versatile. It is athletic, resourceful and ready for anything. It is specially designed to tackle anything that gets in your way from pothole-ridden roads to rock and stone strewn back lanes. It has a long-travel suspension and rugged dirt ready tyres to give it its ‘go-anywhere’ capability.
Čezeta electric scooter
Reflecting upon the vintage design but with modern electric underpinnings, the Čezeta 506/02 offers a 75-mile range and 75mph top speed. It is an electric scooter that’s built around the lines, the looks and the legacy of the original Čezeta, made from 1957 in former Czechoslovakia.
May have nicknamed the bike ‘The Communist’s Vespa’ and, more bluntly, ‘The Pig’. Despite this, nothing has held back the company from selling more than 120,000 in the seven years that it was produced.
However, today’s Čezeta opts for a cleaner, quieter, more sophisticated life. The bike comes with a 15bhp electric motor incorporated into the rear wheel. In addition to this, it holds a 6kWh of Panasonic lithium-ion batteries which is located in the composite bodywork.
To top it off, there are three power modes, as well as a reverse gear to help make manoeuvring less of a challenge as it weighs 187kg. Čezeta claim that is has a top speed of 75mph. Furthermore, they claim a 0-30mph time of just 2.7 seconds with a range of 75 miles. This makes it an ideal city, commuter.
When you think of a Vespa you will most likely think of the classic two-strokes. It wasn’t long ago in 2016 at the Milan Show that Vespa announced that they were releasing their own electric scooter, catapulting the historical Italian brand firmly into the 21st century. The Elettrica guarantees a range of 62 miles, which is plenty for use in and around the city. Orders have already started being taken on the Vespa website.
The World’s first street-legal electric motorcycle
The Energica EGO has been designed and built by the same people who designed and engineered racing performance from Formula One Racing to Le Mans 24h for over 40 years.
For 2017 they created an entirely new category for the MCN Awards: Electric bike of the year. The award was given to the Energica Ego after impressing both on the road and on the track, as well as around the TT course.
The Ego motorcycle is a popular bike for racers in the MotoE series. MotoE is still making its debut in 2019 following a huge fire that unfortunately wiped out all of the teams’ bikes. Needless to say that they haven’t let that incident stop their plans of progressing forward. The electric class will see riders such as Britain’s Bradley Smith battle with well-known names like Randy Depuniet, Maria Herrera and Sete Gibernau.
Weighing at 258kg, the Ego is still as heavy as a touring bike; it does carry its weight well and even gives the same feeling as riding a petrol-fueled motorcycle.
Super Soco TC-Max
This motorcycle is worlds away from the likes of the Energica Ego and Harley-Davidson Livewire. It is one of two new Super Soco machines that were revealed to the UK at Motorcycle Live 2018, a hugely popular motorcycle show hosted at the Birmingham NEC.
With top speeds of over 60mph and around 133ft-lbs of torque, the bike aims to rival the performance of a petrol four-stroke 125. However, it does aim to remain more economical.
The planned price tag of the Super Soco TC-Max will be £3999. The lithium-ion battery (72v and 45Ah) is removable and charges in just four and a half hours and offers a max range of around 80 miles.
Furthermore, it comes with Brembo hydraulic brakes and a combined braking system to help it pass Euro4 legislation. The battery was developed in conjunction with Amperex Technology Limited (the company that supplies Apple with batteries) and cleverly uses pouch cells to pack more energy into a smaller space.
The Super-Soco TC-Max will be available for special order from April 2019.
Super Soco CUx with Ducati
Super Soco will be selling a Ducati branded version of their existing CUx scooter. Ducati has been using CUxs as paddock scooters at the MotoGP; this means that now you’ll be able to say you ride the same bike as Dovi and Petrucci, except it will have cost just £2299. A fraction of the cost of their superbikes.
The co-brand comes at an exciting time for Ducati, with parent company Audi saying that all of their brands will have to have an electric offering. With Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali already admitting that the firm is looking at making an electric motorcycle. This is their first toe in the water, giving us a taste of what’s to come in the future.
When questioned, Ducati’s Head of Innovation, Pierluigi Zampieri, stated that Ducatis’ company is state of the art. They want to arrive with a product that is better than all of their competitors. One issue they face in regards to electric motorcycles is simply the size of the market. Electric bikes are still new, and the demand isn’t great. Ducati is still trying to understand what the market will be ready for such innovation.
The standard version had already been incredibly popular since its launch only two months ago. SorryMate is confident that the limited edition version will be a huge hit.
The Sur-ron LBX
The Electric crossover alternative
The new electric Sur-ron LBX is a juxtaposition of bicycle and motorcycle. The bike is available in two different versions and is an entirely new concept in itself.
There are no pedals, and all the power control comes from a proper twist grip, while the rest of it resembles a bicycle. For example, it’s push-bike like suspension (which is adjustable), brakes, wheels and tyres are all built specifically for a bicycle of this size.
Despite its light weight of 50kg, it doesn’t feel flimsy like an sp-specced push bike. For those riders that prefer a bike for pure offroading, there is the X model however it can only be legally ridden on privately owned land. There is also a road-going model ‘L1E.’
To make it road legal, the L1E has mirrors, indicators, proper headlights and a number plate.
As standard, the L1E is restricted to 28mph. This means that legally-speaking – it’s classified as a moped. However, it is possible to derestrict the machine when you have got the appropriate licence (a full category A motorcycle licence).
The Niu NGT
The Niu NGT is the evolution of the Niu N Series electric moped scooter. With double the power at 3kw nominal as well as two 35ah 60v 2100whIt Panasonic batteries as standard. This gives the scooter a range between 50 and 100 miles. Furthermore, it can be fast-charged in about 3.5 hours either on or off the bike with a single charging unit.
The NGT features three unique driving modes: sport, dynamic, and e-save. The Sport mode provides about 43mph from its Bosch motor. However, it is possible to use this bike with a single battery if required and still achieve a respective 28mph. Using this as an example, it would enable you to utilise the space under the seat for various personal belongings/shopping etc.
Another way of utilising the space would be to charge a spare battery while the other one is being used to power the moped. It enables you to ride further without needing to charge batteries from a plug outlet manually.
The NGT comes with several benefits. For example, regenerative braking, halogen lights, as well as automatic indicator cancellation. In addition to this, it comes with a fantastic mobile app. This app enables you to locate your Niu in real-time via built-in GPS. With motorcycle theft on the rise, it is certainly a feature worth having.
Sur-ron X Wave (de-restricted)
This bike is the perfect blend of e-bike and e-motorcycle. The Sur-ron X is made for offroad as well as on-road use. It is the next big leap forward in the mid-range electric two-wheel motion.
This bike is currently available to demo ride on their off-road e track at EEMC HQ. Furthermore, they offer nationwide doorstep demo’s, UK delivery along with finance packages and mobile servicing.
The X-wave controller has its very own state of the art sine wave controller (reflected in its name). This makes the bike quieter and more powerful as well as giving it a much smoother throttle response.
Joining the electric revolution has never been easier. The availability and variety of electric bikes are only increasing as while the price continues to drop as competition increases. Technology is certainly moving in the right direction, and it is clear that electric bikes are the future.