It’s true that electric motorcycles are a few years behind electric cars, but they are catching up and are fast becoming a popular option for commuters, first-time riders and even experienced bikers – unsurprising given the wide range of benefits that e-motorbikes can offer.
The biggest and most fundamental difference between petrol powered and electric motorbikes is that they don’t have an engine. Electric motorbikes are powered exclusively by rechargeable batteries and electric motors.
Where they are similar though, is that for both you need the correct licence to ride them, as well as tax, MOT and insurance. And, of course, you need to be equally well protected however your bike is powered.
Electric motorbikes, like their petrol counterparts also come in a wide range of designs, shapes and sizes, so it’s easy to find one to suit your needs.
And while the sale of petrol-powered motorbikes will inevitably cease in the not-too-distant future, the case for electric is already pretty strong:
Power: Electric motorcycles have fantastic power and are very fast. With 100% instant torque, you get a rapid acceleration that a petrol bike can’t match. The delivery of this torque is linear, which also means you won’t get the surge feeling you get with petrol bikes.
Maintenance: An electric bike has one moving part. There are no oil, spark plugs, air filters or timing belts to deal with and many electric motorbikes don’t even have a gearbox or clutch. The only maintenance you’ll need to carry out is on the tyres, brake pads and hydraulic fluid, which will all last longer as the electric motor does most of the braking.
Noise: Petrol bikes are loud and electric bikes are naturally much quieter. This is great for riders who like to talk or listen to music and it is much gentler on the ears, so you won’t need ear protection.
Pollution: Electric motorbikes have a minimal carbon footprint, zero CO2 emissions and reduce noise pollution too.
The financial benefits are significant too. Whilst it is possible that an electric motorbike might initially cost more than a petrol one, in the long-run, you can make incredible savings. A full charge to your motorcycle can cost as little as 8 pence. On top of this there are government incentives on taxes and other motorbike related fees. So while you might be paying more at the start, you can easily recover this money and make massive savings every year.
And because electric motorcycles are easy to maintain and have just one moving part, you will also save money on services, repairs and maintenance.
On top of all of this, there is also grant funding available when you purchase a brand new electric motorbike, with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), offering a rebate of up to 20% of the purchase cost, making an electric motorbike an even more affordable and compelling choice.
E-lectride (a trading subsidiary of Revive & Thrive), based at unit 9 Mochdre Industrial Estate in Newtown are approved dealers for Artisan Electric, a relative newcomer to the electric motorbike market, but a growing brand, and with good reason.
From the EV200R, which summons up images of 1960’s Vespa motorcades and the classically contoured Horwin CR6 to the sleek EVO and off-road ready ES1-Pro, there are a range of styles at E-lectride to suit every need and desire, along with a full selection of safety equipment and accessories.
The showroom is open daily so drop-in, or even better, pre-book a test-ride on one of these fantastic vehicles today!