The Zero electric motorcycle now has a police version which, because it is ultra quiet, is good for riding in parks in populated areas without disturbing those in nearby homes and is also good for sneaking up on people
Range is 125 miles in the city and 75 on the highway which is tolerable for what essentially is a fleet vehicle. Plus it has a fast charger. But still, that is a rather limited range. Electric vehicles, in my view, will probably end up thriving in a mostly niche mode as city transportation cars and delivery vehicles.
[Eva Håkansson’s] custom built Killajoule 3-wheeled electric motorcycle took to an official top speed of 191.4 mph, and briefly broke 200 mph, solidifying her place in the record books.
Killajoule is powered by a 250 horsepower electric motor and 214 pounds of cordless drill batteries. Her 3-wheeled beast hit 216 mph during the run, only 3 mph less than the fastest conventional 3-wheeled motorcycles.
The Swigz Pro Racing bike set an unofficial world’s record for electric motorcycles at Mojave recently reaching over 190 mph in one mile. They’d been hoping for 200+ mpg, but crosswinds slowed them down.
The Brammo Empulse pushes speed and distance limits on electric motorcycles. It still can’t match gas-powered motorcycles for distance, but can almost certainly take anything off the line at a stop light. EVs have full torque at zero rpm, which means full power instantly from a standing stop.
The MotoCzysz E1pc has a top speed of 140 mph and will race in the motorcycle-killer Isle of Man TT this week along with its internal combustion cousins. The batteries can be swapped out in seconds and it has a nearly direct connection between the throttle and rear wheel.
The batteries are hand assembled by a company that develops for NASA and its electric motor runs at nearly 500 volts which is powerful enough to turn a wrench into a pile of molten metal.
Electric vehicles have full torque at zero RPM which means they have full power instantly from a standing stop.