Idiots can deny it all they want, but the fact is that Global Warming happens to be one of the biggest problems ever faced by mankind. To increase awarness of this very serious issue and to demonstrate support for environmental protection, Earth Day is observed on the 22nd of April each year. The emissions from automobiles have been responsible for the high levels of air pollution for several decades, but the development of alternative fuel and electric vehicles will look to reduce the negative impact of vehicles on the environment over the next few decades. Electric bikes have always been imagined as bicycles with batteries and a motor, but not anymore. We at Wheelstreet have compiled a list of brilliant electric bikes that will hopefully gain popularity and help in reducing the carbon footprint in the coming years. Check them out:
#1 Harley-Davidson LiveWire
The most astonishing bike to roll out of Harley-Davidson’s garage, the LiveWire is a bike that will serve as the base model for all future electric Harleys.
#2 Mission R
One of the best electric superbikes in the world, the Mission R which is made by Mission Motors has a range of 167 kms to 225 kms(depending on the battery pack you select). It also accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in under 3 seconds and hits a top speed of 240 kmph.
#3 Lightning LS-218
The LS-218 is the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle and it might just be faster than the Ninja H2 – the fastest conventional superbike. The LS-218 gets its unique name from the top speed that it can achieve, an astronomical 218 mph (350 kmph) which is possible because of its 200 hp electric motor.
#4 Motoczysz E1pc
A bike whos predecessor won the Isle of Man TT Zero electric bike race, the Motoczysz (pronounced moto-sizz) E1pc is powered by a 200hp and 220Nm motor. It is also an epitome of engineering with brilliant aerodynamics and a revolutionary digital drive developed by the company to furher its racing legacy.
#5 Bultaco Rapitan
The first Bultaco bike to be released since 2001 is an all-electric roadster with a range of over 200 kms. There are 2 variants – the Rapitan and Rapitan Sport. The only differences between them are external and both bikes are powered by a 53hp, 92 lb.ft electric motor.
#6 Honda RC-E
Another bike to have featured in the Isle og Man TT, the full technical details of the RC-E haven’t been revealed by Honda. We aren’t even sure if the same model will make it to production. However Honda have promised that the RC-E offers 600cc-class performance in a 250cc-class body.
#7 Yamaha PES 1
The Yamaha PES 1 and its off-road sibling the PED 1 are expected to be launched in 2016. Yamaha have however kept the technical specifications under wraps for now (why are companies doing this anyway?).
#8 Lito Sora
The biggest and baddest of electric motorcycles, the Lito Sora has a range of 300 kms and hit a top speed of 200 kmph. Add the the in-dash touchscreen GPS and electronically adjustable seats, and the Sora is the machine to beat in the E-bike market.
#10 Zero SR
Zero motorcycles is one of the pioneers in the electric bike world with a whole range of motorcycles ranging from the commuter segment to faster roadsters. In stark contrast to the other manufacturers, Zero offers bikes at very affordable prices to appeal to a larger demographic. But performance is not compromised with the Zero SR capable of a 150 kmph top speed and 0-100kmph acceleration time of 3.3 seconds. It is powered by a 67 hp motor that delivers a range around 250 kms.
We can’t wait for these bikes to hit the Indian shores. And rest assured that they will be available for rent on Wheelstreet. Until then, rent the bike of your choice from Wheelstreet – India’s first bike rental platform.
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