Electric Motorcycles Are Inevitable

The advent of powerful electric motors offering big power-to-weight ratios make for a compelling performance package, including examples that are already here.

Published: 31-May-2005

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Electric motorcycles are in their infancy but there's a realistic promise of electric motor performance that is more suited for the racetrack than that of internal combustion engines and infinitely better suited for the road. As the first electric bikes find their way onto racetracks and begin mixing it with two and four strokes, it appears you need three times the horsepower in a gas-powered motor to get a bike as fast as an electric bike. And then there's the new 500bhp 67 Kg Symetron electric motor which should really kickstart performance electric automobiles and bikes.

Personal electric vehicles have always struggled to capture the attention of the masses. While electric vehicles held their own in the early years of motoring and indeed held the land speed record for a time, battery technology was simply not ready and electric vehicles eventually perished against the power and range of vehicles powered by the internal combustion engine, not to mention Henry Ford's cost efficient mass production techniques.

In the early years, mobility was the unique proposition which drove sales of all automotbiles but as penetration rose to the point where most people had a car, mass marketing was called upon to stimulate demand and since that time, automobiles and motorcycles have been largely sold on emotion.


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