If you’ve seen electric push bikes or electric cars then you probably know a little bit about them but, what about electric motorcycles? Although batteries and electricity have been around for as long as any of us can remember, it’s only in recent years that electric push bikes and then electric cars really took off, electric motorcycles took a little longer to catch on so, are they any good?
Straight to the point
The short answer is absolutely they are, they are everything that electric push bikes and electric cars are, but loads more fun! Think electric push bike but with everything supercharged, then you have a rough idea of how good electric motorcycles are, to know for sure though, you’ll have to try one.
When you first try an electric vehicle from Wheels Motorcycles, there is no denying that it is a strange experience in the fact that, for a push bike, peddling is effortless which people just aren’t used to and if it has a throttle then you can just fly along without pedaling, neither of which feel natural to begin with.
When it comes to a vehicle that normally uses an engine you expect to hear a sound, with an electric vehicle, there is minimal sound and the handling is very different when it comes to actually driving the thing anywhere.
Instant – direct drive power and torque
Because electric vehicles have electric motors as opposed to a combustion engine, you won’t need to be an engineer to understand how they work and, they operate in a different way, for example, combustion engine driven vehicles usually need a drive shaft of some kind which means that the engine is not directly connected to the wheels, it needs a drive train. In addition, the engine has a wide range of moving parts which actually slow things down even further.
With an electric vehicle, there are very few moving parts and the wheels are directly driven by the motor which results in instant power and torque as soon as the accelerator is engaged. No matter how powerful your car, or motorcycle is, it will never be as fast or responsive as a comparable electric vehicle and the gap will only ever get wider.
The battery tech that they use in the latest electric vehicles means that they will go much farther on a single charge when compared to your average non-electric vehicle. Also, depending upon what settings you have your electric vehicle set to, you should benefit from much better miles per gallon (MPG), not only that, historically, electricity has been much cheaper than fossil fuels so you should also find that the running costs are cheaper.
Because there are so few moving parts you should find that servicing your electric vehicle is easier and less frequent than you are used to. The motors are in sealed units which don’t require things like oil to help lubricate them and they’ve been known to work for decades before they need replacing. Of course, maintenance is all subjective as to how well you look after your machine, however, if the proper charging guidelines are followed then the battery should last you longer than the time an average person changes their vehicle for a newer model.