Production Electric-drive Motorcycles
The incentive for motorcycle and scooter manufacturers to produce electric and hybrid two-wheelers is less obvious than with cars. Already they're making many small capacity machines with an everyday economy of more than 100mpg. The emissions regulations are easier too, with no imminent requirements to sell a certain percentage of low-emission vehicles across a product range, and less strict exhaust emission rules for individual machines than is the case with cars, although these are converging.
Perhaps the biggest problem is the packaging, particularly with regard to battery storage.
Then there's cost: £10,000 of batteries in a £60,000 car might sting a bit, but with £1,500 scooters there's little financial scope for pioneering, and therefore expensive, technology.
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