Friday, July 08, 2016

Electric Motorcycles: As Fast and Furious as Gas-Powered Bikes? - WSJ

An electrifying trend, although currently limited by range and cost

"Electric motorcycles cost more than a similarly configured gasoline counterpart—mainly because of the high price of batteries. And many manufacturers limit the top speed of these machines to around 100 mph (still plenty of speed) to preserve the motor and extend battery life. (Electric motorcycles consume far more current at sustained high speeds than they do in stop-and-go city riding.)

But these machines are also less work to maintain than gas-guzzlers: No oil changes, valve adjustments or other messy routine maintenance. To refuel, just plug into a household outlet. And because most battery-powered bikes don’t have transmissions, you needn’t worry about shifting gears while riding."
Electric Motorcycles: As Fast and Furious as Gas-Powered Bikes? - WSJ
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