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You don’t have to settle on power when it comes to buying an electric motorcycle.
For those looking to go the environmentally-friendly route, there are plenty of appealing options on the market.
Scroll down for the 9 best electric motorcycle options out there:
Alta Motorcycles has two solid options for those just entering the market. The Redshift SM, pictured here, has an output of 40 hp and 120 ft.-lb. of torque.
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Priced at $15,495, the Redshift SM has a top speed of 80 mph and charges in six hours from a level 2 charger, which is slightly faster than a wall socket but not as quick as DC fast charging. The SM is a bit limited when it comes to range at just 50 miles, but it’s packed with enough power for those looking for a city bike.
For anyone looking to go electric for an off-road experience, Alta also offers its Redshift MX, pictured here. Like the SM, it also has an output of 40 hp and 120 ft.-lb. of torque.
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The MX is a bit cheaper at $14,995, but you’ll have to make compromise some on speed. The MX has a top speed of 65 mph. Alta says the MX has a range anywhere between 1-4 hours, depending on factors like environment and speed.
Both the SM and MX can be reserved online with a $100 deposit. Deliveries for the SM have been delayed and are now scheduled to begin in August. The MX is available for immediate delivery.
Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, two of the original co-founders of Tesla, invested in Alta Motorcycles.
Zero Motorcycles’ electric motorcycle, the Zero SR, is competitive when it comes to range and power. It gets up to 70 hp and 116 ft.-lb torque.
The base model, the ZF13.0, can drive 122 miles on a single charge (combined range). But you can also shell out more for a Power Tank, which will increase the combined range to 153 miles.
Pricing starts at $15,995 for the ZF13.0. Adding the Power Tank will cost an additional $2,695.
The Zero SR is also a bit more high-tech than the other options we’ve seen so far. It comes with an LCD screen showing battery charge and speed. It syncs with an app that will track that data, but also allows you to set parameters like the maximum speed you want to go when riding.
The motorcycle can be purchased at a local dealer.
If you’ve got a need for speed, your best bet is Lightning Motorcycle’s LS 218 that the company claims is the fastest production motorcycle in the world. It packs an insane output of 200 hp with 168 ft.-lbs. of torque.
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The LS 218 set a world record of 215.907 mph at Bonneville Speedway in Utah in 2011. The motorcycle has an average range of 100 miles on highways. But it’s a bit pricier with that kind of speed and power at $38,888. It charges in 2 hours on a level 2 charger.
You can order an LS 218 online.
The Energica Ego is another option for those looking for more speed. The Italian superbike gets an output of 136 hp with 195 Nm (roughly 144 ft.-lb.) of torque.
The motorcycle has a maximum speed limited at 149 mph and a range of 93 miles. The Ego can charge in 3.5 hours on a level 2 charger, but can charge in 30 minutes on a DC fast charger.
The Ego comes with a 4.3-inch color display that monitors the battery and offers short-range Bluetooth connectivity of up to 100 meters (328 feet.) The $34,000 motorcycle will offer cellular connectivity for longer ranges by the end of this year. It also comes with Park Assistant.
Energica also offers a slightly cheaper electric roadster option, the Eva. The biggest difference between the Eva and Ego comes down to power, as the Eva has an output of 95 hp and 170 Nm (125 ft.-lb.) of torque.
Even if the Eva doesn’t pack the same punch as the Ego, it’s still a solid option with a top speed of 124 mph. The roughly $26,500 motorcycle also has a range of up to 124 miles in ECO mode. The Eva can charge fully in 3.5 hours with a standard level 2 outlet.
Johammer, a small engineering company based in Austria, built a futuristic, electric cruiser dubbed the Johammer J1. It can drive 200 kilometers (124 miles) on a single charge.
The motorcycle has a unique look that speaks to Johammer’s engineering eye. The company integrated the electric motor and controller into the rear wheel, allowing the frame to better absorb shock.
The motorcycle also has a 2.4-inch digital display in its rearview mirrors that shows speed, revs, and warnings. It can reach a top speed of 75 mph and accelerate to 62 mph in 8 seconds. The motorcycle is only available in Europe, but Johammer is looking to expand.
The motorcycle starts at €24.900 euros ($27,950). You can also break the payment into €249 ($280) a month over 48 months after putting down a €6,900 ($7,744) deposit.
The Brutus V9 is a beast of an electric motorcycle with 125 hp and 277 ft.-lb. of torque.
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The Brutus V9 comes with an 18.8 kWh or 33.7 kWh battery option that gives it a range exceeding 130 miles. The motorcycle has a top speed of 115 mph and starts pricing at $32,490.
10. The Sora by Lito is the most luxurious electric motorcycle option out there. It gets 57 hp and 66 lb.-ft. of torque.
The motorcycle is hand-made in Quebec and features plush leather seats and carbon fiber bodywork. It’s a good option for those looking to combine luxury with speed; the bike can reach 120 mph and can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds.
The Sora can drive 120 miles on a single charge, but it doesn’t come cheap with a starting price of $77,000. You can order the Sora online.
Bonus: Keep an eye out for Harley-Davidson, which plans to introduce a range of electric motorcycles in the next decade.
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Bill Davidson, the vice president of Harley-Davidson’s museum and factory tours, told the Drive that the American motorcycle manufacturer plans to introduce the electric bikes as part of a massive product overhaul occurring over the next 10 years.
In 2014, Harley-Davidson showed a prototype of its electric motorcycle, the Livewire, pictured above. The prototype has a range of 52 miles.
“We don’t know yet when we’re going to introduce it but it is progressing well and we will eventually introduce it,” Davidson, the great-grandson of company founder William Davidson, told the Drive.