Zero Motorcycles has made evolutionary changes to its silent but deadly 2016 lineup, with improvements to battery chemistry, range, efficiency and heat management. There's also two new models – the FXS supermoto and the DSR (above), a dual sport platform that now features the full splendour of the high-power SR motor and powertrain. Gizmag visited Zero in Santa Cruz, California, to catch up with the team and check out the new toys.
As electric dirt bikes gain in popularity, riders are going to demand more of what they've come to expect in the gas-powered versions – durability and power. The new Kuberg Freerider begins to solve both of those issues in a 79-lb (36-kg) package with a double cradle, powder-coated steel tube frame and a 48 V motor generating 8 kW (11 hp) that can propel the bike to 34 mph (55 km/h).
California-based Zero Motorcycles has unveiled its 2016 model lineup in preparation for the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Florida. If you were hoping to see a long-range Zero electric motorcycle with an aerodynamic fairing, 2016 is not your year. Instead, there’s an all-new motor and increased battery efficiency to improve range, thermal performance and battery capacities across the board, triple-speed charging with the new Charge Tank accessory, and a couple of new models – the DSR and FXS – to add to the family.
In 2013, the company responsible for the 1,088 hp Rimac Concept One all-electric supercar rolled out an electric vehicle of the two-wheeled variety in the form of the Greyp G12. At Salon Privé 2015 earlier this month, Croatia-based Greyp Bikes premiered its successor, the Greyp G12S, which retains many of the innovative features of the G12, but boasts a more powerful battery pack, new suspension and revised geometry.
mobility keeps on gathering momentum in the motorcycle sector, chopper manufacturers
remain strongly attached to tradition, seemingly reluctant to deviate
from the typical V2 engine configuration. Sine Cycles has veered off this beaten track by taking what appears to be a conventional custom chopper design and slotting in an electric powertrain.
The Ubco two-wheel drive electric motorbike boasts quite a skill set. Designed to handle difficult terrain, it provides ample carrying capacity, doubles as a portable power source and offers very low running costs, easy maintenance, and lots of practical customization options.
The electric bike segment must be such an exciting opportunity for budding motorcycle designers. Instead of making window dressing for an increasingly complex combustion engine, you're dealing with an incredibly simple, compact motor and a flexibly shaped battery package. Plus, nobody has decided what an electric motorcycle should look like yet, so you're free to experiment with all sorts of funky ideas that would simply never fly in the gasoline-powered bike world. Case in point: the e-raw from France's Expemotion, which features a floating seat made from 80-odd layers of wood laminate, and uses an iPhone as a dash.
Victory Motorcycles has turned a new page by unveiling its first fully electric motorcycle. The 2016 Empulse TT is a road-legal electric streetbike based on Brammo's Empulse R. The company's entry into the electric market follows its successful participation at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Zero race, where its Empulse-powered racebike emerged as the fastest US electric motorcycle.
The European Union is encouraging the development of modular electric vehicles that car drivers will find attractive for urban commuting under an initiative called Range of Electric Solution L-category Vehicles (Resolve). The public release of this project’s funding has seen KTM and Piaggio emerge as the prime movers in a project that aims to make efficient three- and four-wheel tilting narrow track vehicles a common sight on European roads by the end of the decade.