Anyone interested in an electric vehicle has to consider the range factor. Though “range anxiety” has driven too much of the conversation about EVs, drivers and bikers need a certain amount of leeway to make an investment in a green machine feasible. The second generation of electric cars and motorcycles has delivered long-range vehicles most consumers would agree fit the bill.
According to studies conducted by Ford, Americans drive fewer than 25 miles in the average trip. Motorcycle riders are going to want well more than that for a road trip, and today’s zero-emissions bikes are delivering impressive range on a full battery charge. Here are five electric motorcycles with over 130 miles of range on a full charge.
Note: Calculations are based on combined highway and city estimates for a “real world” figure. The distance from San Diego to Los Angeles is 121 miles, within the range of any bike on the list.
5. Zero S with Power Tank (131 miles)
The Zero S bike packs 54 horspower and 68 lb-ft of torque to get riders from 0-60 in 5.8 seconds and to sustained top speeds over 80 mph. There is also impressive range in the Zero S with power tank ($17,490). Smaller tanks prohibit riders from accelerating like other bikes in the Zero line, yet the 131 miles of real-world (combined highway and city) range is the top in the bike maker’s lineup.