The electric motorcycles are starting to conquer more and more terrain and thanks to the continuous evolution of green technologies, these types of bikes become a viable solution for those who put efficiency on the first place.
Honda first established the electric motorcycle segment in 1994 and after 18 years of researches an tests the company manage to develop some interesting models. One of these models is the Honda EV-Neo, a compact scooter powered by electricity.
The bike uses a 2.8kw motor and a Lithium-ion battery with a range of 34km at 30km/h on level ground. The regular charger takes the battery from zero charge to a full charge in approximately 3.5 hours and is a highly portable unit that fits neatly in the cargo space beneath the seat of the EV-Neo. A fast charger will cut the charging time to approximately 30 minutes.
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Many consider that electricity holds the key for the future of cars and motorcycles. And there is no wonder why, since the electric technologies offer a lot of advantages, the biggest one being that they are more efficient than any type of combustion engine.
The Frog eBike is one of the newest electric concepts and besides its efficiency is also fully recyclable. The concept was penned by Jin Soek Hwang and features a futuristic design language. Unfortunately we don’t have any engine specifications so we don’t know if the bike is as capable as its sporty design suggests.
Though, we know that the Frog eBike is equipped with monoshock suspension for the rear wheel and comes with a unique digital cluster. We also know that the electric motor is placed in the back tire while, the battery pack is placed beneath the chassis.
The Frog eBike Concept draws inspiration from the Yamaha FZ750 and has been displayed in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The big motorcycle manufacturers are constantly searching for innovative technologies to improve their models. The latest trend is represented by the electric power trains, so there is no wonder why Husqvarna decided to develop the E-Go Concept.
The concept was designed as a super efficient dirt bike and features a pretty simple style. The company didn’t revealed many details about its new concept, but we do know that it’s powered an electric motor. We also know that it weighs 176 pounds and is packed with a set of innovative suspensions. When we say innovative we mean that both suspension tubes are mounted on the right side of the wheel and feature 35mm inner fork tubes.
The E-go Concept’s style is reflecting the Husqvarna brand identity and features a sporty combination of red and white colors.
For the moment, we don’t know if Husqvarna is planning to launch an electric motorcycle, but judging by their new concept we certainly hope they do.
Yamaha is working on its first electric bike and has already revealed the first details. The new model has the potential to raise the standards of e-bikes higher than ever as it could be the first one that shows how stability and efficiency can be joined together in one motorcycle.
The new Yamaha EC-Miu Electric Concept uses two wheels in the back and one wheel on the front, so we can expect to perfect balance and stability. The company says that the concept was designed especially for women and puts safety and ergonomics on the first place.
The Yamaha EC-Miu Electric Concept can be recharged using the same G-Station charging stations used by any regular electric motorcycle. The Yamaha EC-Miu Electric Concept is also equipped with Wi-Fi capability which will help the riders use smartphone-based navigation and telematics services.
The Yamaha EC-Miu Electric Concept has made its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in November 2011.
The Brammo Empulse gained itself a pretty good reputation being considered by many the world’s most powerful electric motorcycle. Its electric motor cranks out 54 hp and 63 Nm of torque being one of the strongest units in its class. What’s even interesting is the fact that the bike weighs only 200 kilograms. Thanks to its sporty pedigree the motorcycle is able to ride 100 miles on a single charge and offers a top speed of up to 100 mph. It’s also worthy of being mentioned that a full charging requires only 3.5 hours. The motor is paired with an Electric Transmision (IET) especially developed for electric motorcycles.
The Brammo Empulse will be released and sold in Asia and the other countries with a starting price of US $ 16.995. There is also an Empulse R version available which is offered with a starting price of US $ 18.995.
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Brammo, Inc. and S.M.R.E. Engineering have entered into a strategic partnership. Thereby Brammo has acquired an exclusive international license of SMRE’s patented Integrated Electric Transmission (IET). From now on, Brammo has the possibility to offer its electric motorcycles with a 6 speed transmission.
The Integrated Electric Transmission (IET) is a mechatronic propulsion unit that emulates the feeling and performance of a traditional internal combustion engine, with a specially developed electric motor, clutch and gear shift.
The first two models that will receive the new transmission are the Brammo Engage and Encite. The Engage MX dirt bike has an anticipated price of $9,995.00.
Talking about the bike, Brian Wismann, Director of Product Development at Brammo said: "Electric motorcycle design has always been a bit of a balancing act in direct drive systems where great acceleration performance comes at the expense of low top-end speed."
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Brammo is one of the most popular electric motorcycle manufacturers. The company earned a favorable reputation in the world of electric two wheelers as its products are reliable and well built.
The Enertia Plus was always considered one of the most capable models in the company’s lineup and there is no wonder why, as it delivers strong performances and offers a pretty good handling. Furthermore, the bike has also received a set of significant upgrades for 2013.
One of the most important modifications is the new 6 kWh battery which increases range from 40 to 80 miles. It is the same battery system, developed during the company’s TT racing project, that will power the new Empulse 6.0. The bike has also received a tighter turning radius and new colors combined with the latest Brammo graphics.
For the moment, there aren’t revealed any official price specifications for the new Brammo Enertia Plus, but we can expect to be priced below $5000.
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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.
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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.
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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.