What Is An Electric Motorcycle?

An electric motorcycle, also referred to as an e-motorcycle, is a two or three-wheeled vehicle that is propelled by an onboard electric motor.

An electric motorcycle, also referred to as an e-motorcycle, is a two or three-wheeled vehicle that is propelled by an onboard electric motor. In contrast, traditional motorcycles use gasoline to power an internal combustion engine. Electric motorcycles are not a recent innovation with early prototypes dating back to the late 1800s. However, a recent surge has occurred in EV development and adoption over the past 10 years due to environmental concerns, enhanced performance offered by emerging electric motor and battery technology, and significantly reduced maintenance costs associated with electric motorbikes. With most major motorcycle manufacturers currently selling one or more types of e-motorcycles, and the number of at home and commercial charging stations increasing at an exponential rate, electric motorcycles are just now becoming “ready for prime-time” and are expected to comprise almost all of the automobile market within the next 20 years.

A Short History Of The Electric Motorcycle

Who Makes Electric Motorcycles?

The following manufacturers make electric motorcycles:

Cake 0 Emission LogoCake 0 Emission
Stockholm, Sweden
HorwinHorwin
Jiangsu, China
Johammer LogoJohammer E-Mobility
Bad Leonfelden, Austria
KYMCO Motorcycles LogoKYMCO Motorcycles
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Ottobike LogoOttobike
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Segway LogoSegway
Redmond, Washington
Sur-Ron LogoSur-Ron
Folsom, California
Verge Motorcycles LogoVerge Motorcycles
Seinäjoki, Finland
VOGE LogoVOGE
Chongqing, China
Zero Motorcycles LogoZero Motorcycles
Scotts Valley, California

Electric Motorcycles In The News

Tesla Solar Roof Installed In Less Than 2 Days

Tesla Solar Roof Installed In Less Than 2 Days

JIll BinocheNov 1, 2020

A Tesla Solar Roof installation team has completed an install in less than 2 days. This did not include the amount of time that it took to install the underlayment,…

Tesla Solar Roof Installers Needed, Training Provided

Tesla Solar Roof Installers Needed, Training Provided

JIll BinocheOct 30, 2020

Tesla Energy is in dire need of qualified Solar Roof installers and is offering free training, no experience required. Successful applicants will get to work with Tesla’s latest solar technology,…

Serial 1 Cycle Company Harley Davidson eBike Spin-Off

Serial 1 Cycle Company Harley Davidson eBike Spin-Off

Jon MentorOct 26, 2020

Serial 1 Cycle Company, a Harley Davidson spin-off, is announcing the availability of its first electric bicycle at midnight on November 16, 2020. Unlike several other ebike companies that simply…

Lavo Hydrogen Fuel Cell A Tesla Powerwall Rival

Lavo Hydrogen Fuel Cell A Tesla Powerwall Rival

JIll BinocheOct 18, 2020

Lavo Hydrogen Technology has introduced their new Lavo system, a hybrid hydrogen fuel cell battery for the home to compete with the Tesla Powerwall. The Lavo system will combine with…

Tesla Solar Roof Installed In 4 Just Days

Tesla Solar Roof Installed In 4 Just Days

JIll BinocheOct 16, 2020

A Tesla Solar Roof has been installed in just 4 days by Weddle & Sons Roofing in Auburn, Kansas. The installation included removing the existing roof, laying down a weatherproof…

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Manufacturers: Cake 0 Emission, Horwin, Johammer E-Mobility, KYMCO Motorcycles, Ottobike, Segway, Sur-Ron, Verge Motorcycles, VOGE, Zero Motorcycles

Jon is an editor at Electric Guide and is our resident electric bike and electric motorcycle expert.  Jon has a M.S. in Computer Science, won several intercollegiate events as a member of the UCLA Cycling Team, and is currently active on the USA Triathlon circuit ... which doesn't allow electric motors. Jon also writes for our sister publication Wear.guide. Send tips and story ideas to Jon at: jon@electric.guide