Don’t be fooled by its rather spindly looks; the Yamaha EC-03 is, for all intents and purposes, a really powerful bike that coms with plenty of superb features. Just enjoy your riding experience with this bike, and you won’t feel disappointed.
For times when an extra boost is needed from the EC-03’s AC synchronous motor, riders can switch from Standard to Power mode, all with the press of a button. Despite its impressive - relative to its build, of course - performance capabilities, the EC-03 is also as economical as they come. The bike brings silent operation and due to its dependence on electricity rather than petrol, it also makes for an efficient running machine.
Designed for users of all experience levels, including those who’ve not previously ridden a scooter or motorcycle, the EC-03 also features silent operation and amazingly low running costs.
It’s fun and emissions-free, the kind of bike that you wouldn’t worry about getting Mother Nature mad at you. The pure electric EC-03 gives city-dwellers an absolutely new way to commute in and around town.
Find out more about the Yamaha EC-03 after the jump.
There’s no question that the Brammo Enertia was built for one purpose: produce grins for newbie and experienced motorcyclists.
This bike is poised to become a popular ride, thanks to some of the best features you’ll find on the market, particularly a promise from Brammo that the Enertia comes with a quiet sound and zero-emissions.
All that can be achieved by a tuned exhaust barking a staccato note from a high-compression engine with the Enertia’s whirring 72-volt, brushless DC motor and 428 gauge DID chain. Sprockets are practically all you hear other than the wind rushing past your helmet. This feature fits the people who don’t like the noise.
Brammo’s zero-emission bike is promising to be a real motorcycle that offers a deep hue of environmentally-friendly greenness, making up for any apparent performance shortcomings. Even if its juice comes from coal-fired power grids, its pollution footprint is but a fraction of catalytic-converter-equipped motorcycles, which is always a good thing.
Find out more about the Brammo Enertia after the jump.
Electric vehicles aren’t just limited to cars anymore; it seems that there’s also a growing trend amongst motorcycle makers to introduce a more eco-friendly alternative to the petrol-powered bikes we’ve come to know in the past.
The Husqvarna Concept E-Go is one such bike. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show by BMW , the Concept E-go is being touted as the Husqvarna’s approach to today’s electric motorcycling world while also serving as an attractive option for new riders looking to tap into the spirit of motorcycle-riding.
The bike only weighs 80 kg (176 lbs) while also carrying a number of styling cues from some of Husqvarna’s latest models, including the side panels, features that are clearly distinguishable as a Husqvarna. In addition, the bike’s highly personal design also boasts of a "single-sided double leg fork" with 35 mm of inner tube and the aluminum single side swing arm. The concept bike’s battery support is also made out of aluminum whereas the bike’s overall frame and oval piping is cast from steel.
There has been no information yet on the specs that come with the single-seater bike, but according to Husqvarna, the bike will offer you an "explosive mix of road, off-road and supermotard experiences" that combines fun, dynamism and an ecologically-friendly philosophy combined for the first time in an electric powered two-wheeler.
A while back, BMW brought out the E-Scooter Concept that would be previewing the brand’s electric drive line. Not much has been said about the production model as of yet, but our spy photographers were quick to click when they spotted this future electric bike testing, and they say it sounds just like a gas-powered model.
It is believed that the scooter caught testing is, in fact, a production version of the BMW Concept C unveiled in 2010 at the EICMA Motorcycle Show. Known as BMW’s maxi scooter, the new model will use a 650 cc engine and will be offered in two different versions. However, don’t expect to see much from the concept in the production version, especially those blue tires and lasers that made many fall in love with it to begin with. Those will definitely not be showing up as the production model will adopt a more conventional appearance.
Just like their four-wheeled counterparts, electric bikes are slowly entering the market, giving riders a far more ’efficient’ alternative than the gas-guzzling road mongers they’ve come to know over the years.
With the direction steering clearly towards an electric future, BRD is looking to get its foot in the door first with the new RedShift electric motocross prototype. Built using a two-piece monocoque chassis partly painted in a blue finish and contrasted by an orange battery pack, the pre-production RedShift is looking at becoming a trailblazer in its own right.
Looking at the bike, it’s obvious that there wasn’t a whole lot of bells and whistles that went in building the bike. It’s not bare and bones, but it’s not decked with trinkets either. The relative simplicity of the bike results in a weight of just 250 lbs, which already includes a 5.2-kWh battery that, according to BRD, should be enough to go for at least 50 miles on the road. The battery can produce 40 horsepower and when combined with its svelte frame, it’s more than capable of giving its traditional gas-powered counterparts a serious run for their money.
For their part, BRD is still in the process of undertaking further testing for the RedShift and all things considered, the company is hoping to release a more complete version of the electric bike at the 68th EICMA in Milan, Italy this November.
But the groundwork has been done so that’s the good thing. Let’s just hope that these guys can fine-tune everything before their day in the spotlight later this year.
As with all concepts, whether they’re cars or motorcycles, there’s no certainty that the models will ever hit the production block. It all depends on how the market sees it and how much interest it receives. For some, it becomes such a hit that the demand immediately calls for supplies. Other times, though, the concept is left largely at that.
For the Orphiro Electric Motorcycle Cruiser Concept, the truth arguably lies somewhere in between. Coming from the Netherlands, the Orphiro is described as a bare wide-body electric cruiser that features a bobber-style seat and wire spokes. It also has an electric battery that comes with a top speed of 75 mph and a battery range of around 60 miles, making it ideal for short joy rides and less so for cross-country treks.
According to Orphiro, the bike "combines all ideals when it comes to new motorcycling: fully electric, fast loading and one with nature. An enormous acceleration power, a lovely cruising speed and a range that covers all work-living distances easily.”
As it stands now, Orphiro is looking at launching the bike sometime in the next few months at a price of €49,000, which is around $70,000 based on current exchange rates.
It’s got some potential, but for that kind of money, we’d probably just opt for something that’s already established a name for itself in the industry. Paying that much for a ’concept’ sounds like a bad investment.
Do you remember the Pininfarina Coupe Concept we presented just a few days ago? Its designer, Peter Norris, has developed yet another amazing concept, but this time, it’s a motorcycle and not a car. His project is called the Honda Chopper and took its inspiration from a number of sources. It features clean functional lines of medical machinery, 70’s and 80’s marker drawings and design (such as Big Trak), and a bit of manga thrown in.
The new concept is a purpose-built chopper featuring a long front suspension, feet forward seating position, and a large footprint. Powering this chopper - like most of the other concepts revealed recently - are two small electric motors, one built into each wheel hub helping lower the center of gravity, improve efficiency, and lower emissions.
The bottom line is that this is a pretty impressive concept and since the inspiration behind the design is Star Wars, we expect many people to be able to appreciate its look.
Canada is famous for a lot of things, including ice hockey, health care, and Tim Horton’s doughnuts. Producing top-of-the-line motorcycles, on the other hand, isn’t one of them.
In an attempt to change that perception, Quebec-based company, Amarok Consultants, has introduced a new electric motorcycle prototype called the ’P1’.
The P1 comes was designed with the intent of making it as light as possible by putting in a 7.5-kilowatt-hour battery to go with two Agni 95 electric motors on a body that tips the scales at just 325 pounds. The powertrain is capable of producing 75 horsepower and combined with the lightweight body, could pose as a serious threat in the TTXGP, an international racing series made up of electric motorcycles.
No word yet on when the bike is going to go to production, but Amarok is optimistic that it should go over well with the public. So optimistic, in fact, that the company is already hard at work in developing an electric motorcycle that shaves off 50 pounds from the P1 prototype.
In a world increasingly infiltrated by electric vehicles, the Amarok P1 should be a fresh alternative for riders who prefer a greener way in getting around and about in their two-wheeled machines.
Roehr Motorcycle has unveiled the eSuperSport - the first production electric motorcycle offering the performance that motorcyclists have come to expect and demand. The bike is on sale at a starting price of $17,995.
The Roehr eSuperSport Electric Superbike is powered by a 67 HP single AC induction engine that takes its power from an on-board 15 amp charger. With a curb weight of 470 lbs, the new eSuperSport is capable of hitting a top speed of 100 mph.
Next to this impressive performance, the bike delivers thrilling acceleration and a level of chassis component unmatched by current electric motorcycle offerings. The bike is the perfect choice for those looking for an electric motorcycle that does more than just keep up with traffic.
"Whether it’s daily commuting or spirited back road riding, the eSuperSport delivers true motorcycle performance along with the unique and thrilling experience of electric drive. The electric motorcycle you’ve been waiting for has arrived."
Not only the automotive industry is strongly focusing on the electric market, but the motorcycles are also following the same direction. M55 has revealed a pretty impressive electric bike that not only delivers exceptional performance but great outlook as well. But as with the electric cars, the new M55 Beat is also a very expensive bike: $35.300.
The M55 Beast is powered by a EB-PC electronic motor unit that deliver 1500 Watts of power and can accelerate this machine to a stunning 40 mph and it can go as far as 75 miles with a single charge. Even off-road.
The bike’s major parts are custom made by our seasoned engineers, utilizing technologies and materials used in the Formula One and electric supersportcars: titanium, carbon fiber, CNC machining, brushless motor mechanism are just a few of them.
The new M55 Beast is designed for cross-country use. The weight of the motor and battery pack require burlier components which mean longer life-expectancy at the same time. The stopping power is delivered by the famed brake company, Brembo.