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The 2015 Energica Ego electric superbike

With major manufacturers still dragging their feet on electric performance bikes, it's up to smaller, independent factories to forge the future of battery-powered motorcycles. Italy's Energica has just announced the 2015 revision of its Ego street superbike. At 100 kW (134 horsepower), 195 Nm (143.8 lb.ft) and 11.7 kWh of battery on board, it'll be a road rocketship capable of an emission-free 240 km/h (149 mph) top speed ... and it looks the part of an exotic Italian sportsbike, too.  Read More

The Van.Eko Be.e has a natural fiber composite monocoque

Plenty of scooter manufacturers make claims about helping out the environment with zero-emissions electric powertrains. The Be.e, which is live on Kickstarter this month, packs some extra green credentials in its back pocket, combining electric power with a bio-based monocoque frame.  Read More

The Bizmo II, from Terra Motors, with large delivery box on the back and a smaller box on ...

The Bizmo II from Terra Motors is a small, light, electric commercial scooter with generous carrying capacity that gets a 150-km (93 mi) range out of its 3.17 kWh battery. Set to launch in Japan, the company hopes the Bizmo II will be a game changer in the urban delivery market.  Read More

The Project LiveWire electric Harley Davidson

Harley-Davidson is a brand so iconic as to be known worldwide, and by people with little or no interest in motorbikes. For H-D to break with tradition in any major way, therefore, would be to make waves. Today, it has done just that by unveiling Project LiveWire, its first ever-electric motorbike.  Read More

With two previous IOM lap records  (1975 and 1976) eclipsed in the first two sessions of 2...

After six runnings of the Isle of Man TT electric motorcycle race, just short of five decades of progress had been achieved in five years. After dominating all three practice sessions for the sixth running of the TT ZERO event setting a new lap record with every session, the Mugen Shinden San electric racebike delivered a clear 1-2 victory. Across the three sessions and race, average speeds have increased 6 mph, surpassing Joey Dunlop's 115.2 mph lap record from 1981 set on a Yamaha TZ750. It is very exciting to watch such massive progress being made in seemingly real time.  Read More

Lightning's LS-218 at the 2014 Quail Motorsport Gathering

No road vehicle needs a 218 mph (350 km/h) top speed. No motorcycle needs to make 200 horsepower, with as much torque as a Hyundai iMax people mover. These are figures of absolute excess – and that's the point. The Lightning LS-218 will be a truly, horrifyingly fast motorcycle, the fastest on the planet, at least straight out of the crate. And it's set for release this summer in America. Hold onto your hat and invest in some brown leathers.  Read More

Bultaco's all-electric Rapitan, featuring a Hossack-inspired front suspension setup

It’s been 13 years since a bike came out with the famous Bultaco thumbs-up logo on its side. By 2001 the once-glorious road racing days of this Spanish motorcycle company had ground to a halt, and only retro off-road two stroke enthusiasts and trials riders really heard the name. But that’s set to change, as the brand is about to resurrect itself as an electric motorcycle manufacturer, starting in 2015. Bultaco today revealed two prototypes that point the way forward – the Rapitan and Rapitan Sport. Both feature 53 horsepower, 92 lb.ft electric motors, Hossack-style front end suspension and enough battery storage to get over 200 km in town.  Read More

2014 Zero SR: review video still

Last week, we rode the 2014 Zero SR, and its awesome electric performance made us question everything we thought we knew about motorcycling. Here's our road test video.  Read More

Yamaha's PED1 and PES1 at the Tokyo Motor Show

Yamaha has announced a revision to a key line in its annual report from 2013, flagging that it will launch electric motorcycles "in the near future" instead of "in the next two years." It's the clearest sign yet that a major manufacturer is ready to jump in to the electric motorcycle market, which is developing at an absolutely crazy rate as battery technology makes power packs smaller, cheaper and higher in capacity. So let's take a closer look at the two electric concepts Yamaha has shown to date – the PES-1 naked sportsbike and the PED-1 motocrosser – to see what the company might bring to the table.  Read More

The 2014 Zero SR (Photo: Dave Abbott/Gizmag.com)

It's been about three years since we last tested one of Zero Motorcycles' electric bikes, and in that time, the company has been very busy. Compared to the 2011 Zero S, the 2014 Zero SR has between 200-400 percent more everything – riding this bike was an absolutely shocking progress report on the state of the art. The SR represents a liminal moment in motorcycling. We may look back in years to come and see this as the first time an electric motorcycle stood shoulder to shoulder with petrol powered bikes, and made them feel like yesterday's heroes.  Read More

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