Jacob Osborn

18 Best Electric Motorcycles | Man of Many

What was beginning to seem like a pipe-dream became a reality in August of 2019, when Harley-Davidson finally unveiled LiveWire. Under its sleek skin is one of the best electric motorcycle motors in the business, along with a powerful 15.5 kWh battery. The bike promises a “jolt of zen” and mostly delivers, going from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds flat, and cranking up to 146 miles of range out of a single charge.

1. Harley-Davidson LiveWire

If you’re having trouble letting go of gas-guzzlers, the Zero SR will put at least some of those concerns to rest. Between its formidable build, sleek design, and top speed of 102 mph, this electric motorcycle leaves relatively little to be desired. The base model battery lasts for 179 miles (in the city) per single charge, while upgrades are available for a premium.

2. Zero SR

Energica hails from the same Italian town as Vespa, but don’t you dare confuse this costly electric moto for a scooter. On the contrary, the Ego is a genuine powerhouse, which can generate up to 136 hp and hit 60 mph in three seconds flat. Aimed primarily at urban adults, it also features Bluetooth connectivity, a curvy aesthetic, and a top speed of 150 mph. The battery powers up in no time, but offers just 93 miles of range per single charge.

3. Energica Ego

Weighing in at a whopping 780 pounds, the Brutus V9 is a brute indeed (in a good way). Pair that with its muscular design, decent top speed, and groundbreaking range of 280 miles and you might be ready to go electric after all. In fact, the only thing missing from this top electric motorcycle is the roar of an exhaust system.

4. Brutus V9

Electric motos are the future and Johammer is taking that concept to heart. Enter the J1.200, which looks like something out of a sci-fi movie and performs with purposeful precision. Bolstered by innovative energy technology, it comes in lightweight and coasts for up to 124 miles on a single charge. Driving home the futuristic vibe are high-resolution colour displays on the rear-view mirrors. More electric motorbike than motorcycle, it makes for a bona fide eye-catcher.

5. Johammer J1.200

Italy-based Tacita has since moved on from the T-Race Diabolika, but this flashy electric motorcycle nevertheless remains the stuff of legend. Featuring carbon and Kevlar reinforcement, an elegant body with gold-trimmed exterior, and a five-speed gearbox, the sexy stunner achieves top-tier responsiveness and draws eyeballs in the process.

6. Tacita T-Race Diabolika

Damon’s Hypersport HS won an Innovation Award at this year’s CES and with good reason. Thanks to radical “Shift” technology, the protean sportbike takes on the qualities of a literal transformer. At the mere push of a button, riders can adjust various features and even change the bike’s overall configuration.

7. Damon Hypersport Premier

Vespa’s first all-electric scooter goes by the name of Elettrica and it looks downright fantastic. Quick to charge and effortless to ride, the glorious vehicle emanates with pure practicality. Hop aboard and traverse the nearest terrain with unfettered ease, turning heads as you cruise at a moderate speed. This one is perfect for urban dwellers.

8. Vespa Elettrica

Gogoro’s toughest and sportiest S2 to date, the S2 Adventure Smartscooter touts a robust build and expanded rear rack. Thanks to improved ground clearance, a specially designed suspension, and a powerful drivetrain, the electric scooter is ready for any and every terrain. Additional features include side-panel racks, protective front bars, waterproof travel panniers, and an aluminium floor mat. Your next road trip awaits.

9. Gogoro Smartscooter S2 Adventure

What the Honda PCX ELECTRIC lacks in power and speed, it makes up for in comfort, mobility, and control. Equipped with a newly developed, eco-friendly power unit, the electric motorcycle flaunts a dependably sleek design. It’s being rolled out in preciously limited supply through rental and bike-sharing sectors. Should it generate a positive response, Honda will bring more electric goodness to the masses.


Alta Motors is either out of business or on hiatus, but its iconic Redshift MXR lives on. The electric motorbike comes in light at just 259 pounds and cracks 65 mph at a breakneck pace. Powering this race-worthy two-wheeler is a compact battery and streamlined engine. Get it before it’s gone forever.

11. Alta Motors Redshift MXR

Like Alta Motors, Victory hasn’t exactly been active in 2019, but don’t let that detract from the Empulse TT’s legacy. A well-above-average entry, it offers a range of 140 miles per electrical charge and tops out at 110 mph. The Brammo Lithium-ion battery delivers an impressive 10.4 kWh capacity, and powers up in four hours or less. Meanwhile, an AC magnet motor keeps the whole operation running smoothly.

12. Victory Empulse TT

Formerly available for the electrical price of US$77,000 (and up), the Lita Sora is what one might call a designer e-motorbike. It was first introduced in 2014 and now a second-generation model is on the way. The original—which was billed as the world’s first electric cruiser—hosted advanced features like keycard ignition, touchscreen control, and adjustable seating. Generation 2 will (presumably) bring all that and more.

13. Lito Sora

True to its name, the Lightning LS-218 is widely considered to be the world’s fastest electric moto. Just how fast, you ask? Try 0 to 60 mph in 2.2 seconds and a ridiculous top speed of 218 mph. Consider it living proof that electric motorcycles can and will keep pace with their gas-guzzling counterparts. The base model comes with a 380V 12 kwh battery pack while two upgrades are available.

14. Lightning LS-218

Lightning Motorcycles is doing such great things with electric vehicles that we’re including them twice. The brand is currently taking reservations for the Lightning Strike Carbon Edition, an affordable two-wheeler that promises steadfast specs and comes in a handful of colours. Should this one finally emerge, it will definitely leap to the head of the pack.

15. Lightning Strike

Cake’s first road-legal e-motorcycle is one of the best in the game. The baseline specs are dependable enough, but if you fall in love with this ride, it’s mostly because of its slim and industrial design. There’s really nothing else quite like it!

16. Cake Kalk

Inspired by classic café racers, Tarform’s self-titled e-moto goes big on customisable features, including the finish, materials, and battery pack. Thanks to built-in smart functions, this thing gets electrical in more ways than one, delivering health metrics, maintenance notifications, and more. Pair all that with a somewhat affordable price and you have no reason not to pre-order this shape-shifting beast.

17. Tarform

Forward-thinking in more ways than one, the Arc Vector combines a futuristic design with impressive specs. It goes from 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds and covers up to 270 miles on a single charge. Providing further distinction are an advanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) and HUD-based Arc Pilot System, which collectively take feedback and responsiveness to unprecedented extremes. Bear that in mind when you first see the 117k price tag.

18. Arc Vector

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