Six Electric Motorcycles I’d Sell My Kidney For

November 8, 2020

Zero-emission cars appear here and there, but motorcycle design is a little late in the game. However, full-electric motorcycles scale their street numbers. With changes in motor size, charging time and range, every new electric motorcycle that comes on the market offers something unique.

Far-reaching futuristic projects that look like Batman’s bike and which could push back the whole Star Wars line. Advanced electric motorcycles have destroyed the early trend to suggest that electric cars should look like blunt versions of their fossil fuel counterparts.

Based on the information provided by, other bikes are aimed at ambitious performance standards – from blisters of maximum speed to a wider range of travel and even some fun features, like built-in LED effects.

The list even includes the first motorcycle printed on a 3D printer and the one which is able to reach a speed of 120 km per hour. But more about this later…

BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100

BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100

Give BMW the right to create an electric motorcycle worthy of the most popular superhero in the world. The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 self-balancing is completely electric, moves with zero ejection and looks as if it was designed for Captain America than for an average biker, with a smooth, matte black frame and futuristic style.

The newest electric BMW motorcycle has a triangular design similar to the previous bike of a luxury car manufacturer, but this time it consists mainly of carbon fiber and polished aluminum. Motorrad’s ability to remain standing on its own helps ensure stability and safety in the journey – BMW even assumes that drivers can drive without a helmet. Although I wouldn’t recommend this approach.

BMW has created a smart panel for a driver that is put on and replaces the windshield and rearview mirrors, allowing the driver to access navigation data and other information about the bike’s performance.

APWorks Light Rider

APWorks Light Rider electric motorcycle

The world’s first 3D printed electric motorcycle arrived hot off the press. Light Rider was created by APWorks, a subsidiary of Airbus. A fully electric bike that has a range of 37 miles and a top speed of 50 mph.

The sporty silhouette of the prototype looks more like an alien skeleton than a standard bike and weighs only 13 lbs (5.89 kg) – about 30 percent less than an average e-bike. With the motor and all its wiring hidden inside the body, this bike looks like a cool science fiction movie. APWorks used its proprietary material called Scalmalloy.

Consider it a unique material that combines aluminum’s lightweight features and titanium’s strength. By the way, APWorks claims its “Scalmalloy” is even stronger than titanium. Only 50 of these high-end futuristic motorcycles are made and each of them has a colossal cost of $56,000.

Concept Honda Chopper

Concept Honda Chopper

A few years ago, someone created a conceptual motorcycle that would attract the attention of any stormtrooper in its vicinity. The Honda Chopper came from the imagination of designer Peter Norris who usually works with video games. The Chopper concept calls for a different approach to motorcycle travel and Honda seems to be the kind of carmaker that can launch something that wild.

Electric motors are mounted directly on the wheels, Chopper has a lower center of gravity than a standard motorcycle which provides stability and controllability. Not a word so far about whether Honda R&D is really considering the production of such a thing, but the concept is quite intriguing. The only thing is that you will have to dress up like Daft Punk to look good on this abstract beast.

Johammer J1  

Johammer J1

The Johammer J1 electric motorcycle promises to do what no one else can – provide 125 miles (201 km) of fully electric range on a single charge. The bike can increase the storage capacity of the energy, unlike the average electric bike, thanks to the large enclosed sections for its large batteries.

Produced in small quantities in Austria, the Johammer J1 runs on viscous batteries, designed specifically for this full-electric bike. The electronic motorcycle was originally sold for $31,860.

Voxan Wattman

Voxan Wattman electric bike

Since its launch in 2013, the Voxan Wattman has been known as the most powerful electric motorcycle in the world, thanks to its 12.8 kWh rechargeable battery. The all-electric motorcycle can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds with zero discharge.

Perhaps one of its best features is that the battery can be fully charged in about 0.5 hour and give the bike a range of about 111 miles (178 km). Launched as a concept, the Voxan Wattman was aimed at capturing the motorcycle market, but the company slowed down the project after it was subjected to a number of complications.

Tron Lightcycle

Tron Lightcycle electric motorcycle

In 2011, Parker Brothers Choppers created Lightcycle: a fully electric motorcycle which is a moving light show. A well-organized array of LEDs, Lightcycle can travel at 100 miles (160 km) per hour and has a power reserve of 100 miles (160 km) after only 35 minutes of charging time. But its creators claim that is not the limit.

The contour frame and wheels of the motorcycle are equipped with burning LEDs that accentuate the hardened steel frame, as well as the glass fiber body frame and carbon fiber. Driving with zero discharge of such a bike at night will be an unmistakable factor to attract attention in any urban environment.

As sexy as electric motorbikes are, the fact that they need to be charged can be a bit of an obstacle to overcome…remember to always pack a retractable extension cord on your next E-Motorbike Road trip, so that you can charge up, instead of fill up, when stopping at a gas station or diner!


About the author

Ruaan is an electrical engineer born in South Africa and currently working in Oslo, Norway. He loves tech and gadgets and owns an electric car (Tesla) as well a front-wheel-drive electric bike. He rides his bike all year, even through snow and ice covered roads in the cold winter.

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