Electric motorcycles might seem a new concept, but they are quickly becoming a popular option for bike riders across the UK. More electric bike options are becoming available on the market and more riders are converting to take advantage of the electric motorbike benefits. But that is the difference between ‘normal’ motorcycles and their electric motorbike and electric scooter counterparts? Why should you convert? What exactly are the benefits of an electric motorcycle?
What is an electric motorcycle?
Simply put, an electric scooter or motorcycle is powered by electricity instead of petrol. It does not have an engine like most motorcycles. Instead, it is powered solely by a rechargeable battery and electric motors. Just like petrol bikes, electric bikes come in all shapes and sizes. And just like petrol bikes, you still need to have the correct driving licence and valid tax, MOT and insurance, as well as suitable protective riding attire.
You will need to buy a hybrid or electric motorbike
The motoring world is moving towards a greener, more environmentally friendly, way of working. With climate change being a cause for concern and natural fuel resources running low, it makes sense to move into an electronic age. Which is why, by 2040, the sale of new petrol and diesel fueled motorcycles will be banned (with the exception of hybrids). This means that in about 20 years time, you will no longer be able to buy a petrol or diesel motorcycle. Only electric and hybrid bikes will be available. So yes, eventually you will need to buy an electric motorbike. But, this is actually good news as there are lots of benefits of an electric motorcycle.
Electric Motorbike Benefits for you
There are lots of electric motorbike benefits for you. These include:
- Instant torque and power. Electric motorcycles have fantastic power and are very fast. With 100% instant torque, you get a rapid acceleration that a fuel powered bike cannot match. The delivery of this torque is linear, which also means you won’t get the surge feeling you get with fuel-powered bikes. Some of you might miss this feeling, others, not so much.
- Less maintenance. An electric bike has one moving part, just one. It does not have oil, spark plugs, air filters or timing belts and some electric bikes won’t even have a gearbox or clutch. So unlike with your fuel motorbike which has lots of moving parts, you won’t have to spend your time getting messy by cleaning and oiling things like the chain. The only maintenance you’ll need to carry out is on the tyres, brake pads and hydraulic fluid, which will all last longer as the electric motor does most of the braking.
- A quieter ride. Electric bikes are naturally much quieter than fuel-powered bikes. This is great for riders who like to talk or listen to music and it is much more gentle on the ears, so you won’t need ear protection. Fuel powered motorbikes are so loud that people often complain about their antisocial noise. However, if you do think you’d miss the roar of your machine, some electric bike designers are adding an artificial noise.
- Perfect for city riding. Most vehicles are not best suited to city riding, but electric bikes are. This is because the regenerative braking that comes with city riding, actually recharges the battery, keeping the power in your machine for longer.
- Lightweight. Electric bikes have fewer parts than a fuel powered one, which makes them more lightweight and agile.
Financial benefits of an electric motorbike
Yes, an electric bike might initially cost more than a fuel powered one, but in the long-run, you will make incredible savings. A full charge to your motorcycle costs much less in energy bills than it would do in petrol or diesel. On top of this, there are lots of government incentives on taxes and other motorbike related fees. So while you might be paying more at the start, you will easily recover this money and go onto making massive savings each and every year.
And because electric motorcycles are easy to maintain and have just one moving part, you will also save money on services, repairs and maintenance.
Other benefits of an electric motorcycle
By using electric instead of petrol or diesel motorcycles, we not only benefit ourselves. We also benefit the global community. Electric motorcycles:
Reduce our collective carbon footprint
Lowers CO2 emissions caused by road traffic
Reduces noise pollution (and allows you to ride your bike first thing in the morning without waking the neighbourhood).
Even though there are less motorcycles on the road, they still produce 16% more smog than cars (according to CARB’s mobile source emissions inventory). This is because motorcycle engines are mostly unregulated. In fact, the last time there was an attempt to regulate motorbike engines was in 2008, when the recession hit. While cars, over the last 25 years, have been heavily regulated and so, have become much cleaner.