Electric Bike Laws UK: 13 Rules You Can’t Afford to Ignore
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Electric bikes are becoming more prevalent on our streets and bike paths in the UK and across the world, with their popularity growing from strength to strength without any sign of slowing up.
The UK government calls electric bikes EAPCs (electrically assisted pedal cycles) and while you don’t need a licence to ride one, the UK does have some strict rules about the types of electric bikes that are allowed on public roads.
So what are the actual rules and laws surrounding the ownership and use of electric bikes?
Key Electric Bike Laws in the UK
- Electric bikes can be ridden on roads
- Electric bikes can be ridden on bike paths and trails
- Electric bikes can’t be ridden on pavements
What the Highway Code Says About E-Bikes
The highway code in the UK actually doesn’t say a whole load about electric bikes per say. However, as they are still a bicycle they have to therefore follow the same rules as any other bike.
This means that they still have to give way to those on foot and follow all of the other road laws when travelling along the roads. Therefore if you are unsure of what these are, it’s best to brush up on the rules to keep yourself and others safe as well as in the know.
Are Electric Bikes Legal?
Electric bikes are legal to buy and use throughout the world. However there are two main laws you have to consider when buying or using an e-bike.
First off, your age: in the UK you have to be over 14 to buy and ride an electric bike. This is of course a safety measure to ensure that unnecessary accidents don’t occur. This age restriction is similar in most of Europe.
However in the US, they don’t currently have an age restriction for electric bike usage. Therefore, anyone can ride an electric bike. But you should still do so with precaution due to the motor.
Secondly, the motor of the electric bikes has to be limited to a certain speed with the pedal assist. This speed limit is 15.5mph. This means that once you are up to this speed, the motor must stop assisting you. You are still allowed to ride faster than this, but this can only come from the power you generate (or a nice downhill ride).
Therefore, any electric bikes that are unlimited with regards to speed, or have a motor that is in use when you aren’t pedalling, are in fact illegal.
Do You Need Insurance for an Electric Bike? (UK)
According to the UK Government website regarding electric bike rules, an e-bike does not need to be insured for you to own or ride. It also does not need to be taxed like you would with a car.
However, just because you don’t need to insure your electric bike by law, it is still a great idea to get some insurance for your electric bike. Bike insurance will cover your bike in a number of situations, much like car insurance.
Insurance for your e-bike is good to consider as it can cover the cost of your bike if it gets stolen or if it’s damaged in a crash. This is of course worthwhile considering the cost of electric bikes: replacing a stolen one that’s not insured would cause a big dent in your
Do E-Bikes Need to Be Registered?
Under British laws set out by the UK Government, an e-bike does not need to be registered in order for you to own or use one. This is the exact same rules as with any regular bike.
However, just because you don’t need to register your e-bike with the government there are other forms of registration that you may want to consider looking into.
For example, the Bike Register in the UK is a useful service that allows you to register your bike’s unique number onto a database used by the police which is really useful in the event of a theft. This allows the police to match up the bike’s unique number with your information and return your bike to you.
Do E-Bikes Require a Licence?
According to the official UK Government website, you do not need to attain a licence to use your electric bike. Unlike driving a car which requires a driving licence.
This is not needed because it’s not technically a motorised vehicle, even though it has a motor. Because it’s only pedal assisted, the law doesn’t deem electric bike owners to posses a specific licence to ride one.
Therefore, as long as you are 14 and over, you can jump on an electric bike without any issues, as long as it still has a speed limiter on it, if not it’s technically a motorised vehicle and thus no longer an e-bike.
Electric Bike Speed Limit UK
As aforementioned, electric bikes in the UK do actually have a speed limit in terms of when the motor will cut out and no longer assist you when pedalling.
The speed limit for Britain is 15.5mph.This means that once you have got up to 15.5 mph with the motor assisting you, it will then no longer assist you in building on that speed.
Other countries also have a limit, which you should check for the individual country. Some do allow e-bikes to assist up to higher speeds, but in the UK it’s illegal to have a bike without a speed limiter.
But with this being said, road speed limits don’t technically apply to bikes, so you can still ride an electric bike as fast as you want (or are able) to within reason. However I would still highly recommend keeping to the speed limits of the road for safety reasons.
Is It Illegal to Remove Speed Limiter from E-Bike?
It is in fact illegal to remove the speed limiter from an e-bike in the UK.
Therefore if you are thinking of doing it: don’t. It’s better to be safe than sorry, plus no one wants to find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Therefore keep yourself and others safe and abide by the laws set out in the country you are in.
Are Electric Bikes with Throttle Illegal?
E-bike throttles are heavily regulated in the UK.
E-bikes with a throttle can be used, but the electrical assistance from a throttle must cut out at a speed of 3.7mph.
Effectively, this means that e-bike throttles can only be used to help start the bike moving – which can be very useful if you want to move from a standing start on a hill.
If a e-bike can be ridden beyond this speed using a throttle only, it will instead by classed as a moped or motorbike – meaning it will be to taxed, insured and the rider must have a suitable driving license.
Can Electric Bikes Use Bike Lanes?
Electric bikes can thankfully be ridden anywhere a ‘regular’ bike can be ridden, this therefore allows electric bikes to also be taken along bike lanes.
Not only that, but electric bikes can also be ridden along bike specific trails, such as mountain bike trail centres. This is obviously great as it allows for improved accessibility.
But it is worth noting, specific bike paths are very different from pavements: the highway code does not permit any bicycle, e-bike or otherwise, to travel along a pavement. This is only allowed if the signage specifically allows for mixed use of both pedestrians and bikes.
Can Electric Bikes Go on Roads?
As with normal non motorised bikes, electric bikes are permitted to use all roads apart from the motorway. I’d also personally advise, strongly, against riding along a dual carriageway although it is technically legal.
But all in all, yes. Electric bikes can go on the roads and in fact, with the pedal assist helping to keep your speed up along the flats and especially the climbs, an e-bike could arguably be seen as a safer option when choosing to travel along the road.
This is because the faster you are travelling, certain rules no longer apply. For example, cars can break a solid white line to overtake if that person on a bicycle is travelling at less than 10 mph. This will often occur even if it’s not safe for the car to do so.
However, if the cyclist is riding faster than 10 mph, the car isn’t allowed to break the white line. Therefore an e-bike can help stop this from occurring as cars won’t be allowed to overtake if you are travelling at 15 mph, which the motor should allow for.
Are Electric Bikes Road Legal?
Electric bikes that meet the EAPC regulations are road legal, according to the UK Government website. Therefore, any e-bikes that meet this criteria can safely and legally be ridden on British roads without any issues.
However, if they do not meet the EAPC regulations then your e-bike may not be road legal, therefore it’s best to check up on the details first and foremost.
Do I Need to Wear a Helmet on an Electric Bike?
If you were wondering if wearing a helmet is a legal requirement while riding an electric bike, then the simple answer is: no.
Just the same with a regular non-motorised bike, UK law does not enforce cyclists to wear helmets while riding a bike. However in some countries, such as Australia, it is a legal requirement to wear a helmet while riding a bike.
However, if your e-bike has a throttle, being that you actually have a motorbike legally, you will need to wear an appropriate helmet that is in fitting with the current laws.
But overall, although it’s not enforced by law, it is always a good idea to wear a helmet while riding a bike. Especially while on an e-bike given how powerful they are: it’s better to be safe than sorry and you only have one brain.
Do Electric Bikes Need To Be Registered in the US?
We have to register our cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and even mopeds but not regular bikes. So what about electric bikes, do we have to register those? Here, I will explain why you may want to register your ebike and which ones have to be registered.
If your electric bike is a Class 1, 2, or 3, then it does not need to be registered in the US. If your ebike does not fit into one of these 3 classes, it will need to be registered and you may need a license and insurance in order for it to be street legal.
Here is a whole article explaining the 3 electric bike classes → “What Class is My Ebike and Why Does It Matter?”
Just check that information over to determine what class your ebike is if you don’t already know.
Even if you don’t have to register your ebike is it still a good idea to? Keep reading to find out!
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Why Should You Register Your Electric Bike?
If you are worried about what might happen if your ebike gets stolen then you should get it registered. Registering your ebike will allow law enforcement to identify it if it turns up in a raid and most ebike brands will need you to register your bike for warranty issues.
When you buy a new electric bike it is important that you read your manual and look for the registration information. Even if you don’t want to register your ebike nationally, you should register it with the company you bought it from.
Once your ebike is registered, if it was ever to be stolen, you will want to report it to the registry right away and to your local law enforcement.
They will file a police report using the information from Bike Index. I have had bikes stolen in the past that were not registered and had to try and remember as much of the information as possible.
This is nearly impossible when it comes to the serial number. You may want to take note of your serial number separately from the Bike Index too just to have it.
How Do You Register Your Electric Bike?
You can register your ebike with your manufacturer, usually on their website, and you can register your ebike nationally at – https://bikeindex.org
Registering with Bike Index will allow law enforcement to check if they have recovered your stolen bike.
This index is also used by many Pawn Shops and local bike shops that buy used bikes and if your bike is registered, they can hold on to it and notify you that it has been recovered.
It is best to register your bike as soon as you get it because you will need the serial number off of it and a description of the bike. This is easier to do when the bike is still “fresh”. You can also add pictures to your registration.
How Much Does It Cost To Register Your Ebike?
Registering your bike with Bike Index is free and could end up being used to retrieve your stolen bike!
You will also be able to register your ebike with the company you bought it from for free and this will be used if you have a warranty issue.
I highly recommend you have your ebike registered with both the Brand you got it from and the Bike Index, even if just for the peace of mind. Best to do this right away so that you don’t put it off till it’s too late!
Electric Bike, Motorcycle and Scooter Laws in the UK
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EAPCs, Speed Pedelecs and Electric Motorbikes
For those looking to get a new electric bike in any form, there’s a lot of confusion in the marketplace surrounding current UK laws however the legislation is fairly clear. We’ve tried to clarify and simplify the main points below.
For the sake of clarity and terminology, this is how we refer to different electric light vehicles:
1. Kick Electric Scooter (PLEVs)
Usually small, two wheeled devices that weigh under 20kg. Increasingly popular in cities for commuting to work. Browse Electric Scooters
2. Electric Bikes
Electric Assisted Pedal Cycles (EAPCs) that are usually “normal” Bicycles but with an electric motor to assist with speeds up to 15mph Jump to Electric bike Laws
Electric Scooters and Electric Mopeds
Many people call scooters and mopeds the same thing. We try and stick to mopeds to mean larger, faster vehicles that are similar to their 50cc or 125cc petrol counterparts. Jump to Electric Scooter Laws
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What bike can I ride with a full car licence?
If you passed your licence before 1st February 2001, you can ride a scooter / moped up to 50cc / 4kW without L plates. If you want anything with more power, you will need to take your CBT.
The Super Soco TC can be purchased restricted to 28mph, and then the rest of the power de-restricted once you have provided CBT evidence. Anyone who gained their licence after 1st February 2001, will need to take Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). The CBT is usually around £100 and can be achieved with a range of local dealers. It opens up the options for a wide range of vehicles, including electric motorbikes, scooters and our speed pedelec range. We highly recommend undergoing the CBT for safety and confidence when riding.
Personal Light Electric Vehicles (PLEVs)
The battery technology advances in recent years gave way to the popular craze of hoverboards and other similar small electric scooters and light vehicles that have electric motors attached.
As far as UK law goes, these are not currently legal for use on UK highways and roads.
However, the government are currently reviewing legislation, fast tracking plans to trial them in cities. Originally planned for 2021, the trial has been brought forward to June 2020. For now, they are focusing on hire-schemes rather than ownership, but we hope this changes in the coming months.
IThere are a large amount of quite serious and high quality electric scooters available that are popular in European cities as alternatives to bikes or mopeds. In France, for example, these low-speed mobility devices can be used in cycle lanes.
Often these light vehicles are able to quickly get to speeds of 15mph or more which has raised concerns over safety. For now at least, they are only legal to be used for recreational use on private land and parks but we’re seeing an increasing amount used for commuting.
Can I ride an electric bike without a licence? Do I need a licence to ride an electric bike?
For most electric bikes, you do not need a licence of any kind. Only if the bike has a motor rated more than 250W or an assissted speed of higher than 15.5mph will you need a licence. Thankfully the law is a bit clearer for electric bicycles that have electric motors. These are most commonly referred to as EAPCs, or Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles.
The main limitations on what constitutes an ebike or EAPC are:
What this means in reality is that the motor will only assist you up to 15.5mph, and then after this it will cut out and you need to keep on pedalling to gain more speed. For city commuting this is fantastic, as it really helps you propel away from lights quicker and can give cautious riders more confidence.
Are electric bikes legal in the UK?
Again, yes electric bikes are. However there are still restrictions on modifications and only the above bikes are legal on the road without registration.
It’s important to note new bikes since 2015 with a “twist and go” throttle function cannot go more than 3.7mph (6km/h). They do not qualify to be an EAPC, as there are no pedals involved.
Any electrically assisted vehicle that falls outside of this category must be registered, taxed and requires a licence.
mph Electric Bikes. Speed Pedelecs
Any ebike that is capable of a speed in excess of 15.5mph or has a motor rating above 250w is generally referred to as a as a speed pedelec, or s-pedelec. In the UK these bikes are classed as L1e category road vehicles and require registration with DVLA for use on the public highway.
This means the bike must have European certificate of conformity and be type approved as a L1e road vehicle.
To use on the public highway these bikes must be registered with the DVLA (have a number plate fitted), have a minimum of third party road risk insurance, the rider must wear a motorbike style crash helmet, and must have appropriate driving licence (a CBT, more info in the next section).There are some pedal bikes (EAPCs) that can achieve the higher speeds. Notably, our Stromer bikes and some of the QWIC Performance Speed bikes will assist up to 28mph and have motors above 250w motors.
However, they will require DVLA registry and licence plates. Some of the bikes will come supplied with mirrors, horns and plate lights in recognition of their elevated status.
These bikes are classed as road vehicles and therefore cannot be used on cycle paths, cycle lanes etc. They are subject to all the same laws that a motorcycle or moped would be.
When we sell any of these vehicles it will be clearly stated on the invoice / description that this is a L1e category vehicle. We will provide you with the documentation required for you to register the bike with the DVLA. However, it is the riders / buyers responsibility to ensure that they comply with the legislation.
Additionally, if required we can supply the bike registered for you.
The Best Electric Motorcycles Of 2023
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Imagine: the wind rushing through your hair as you cruise, streamlining down the highway; passers-by eyeing your sweet ride; no choking petrol fumes in your wake. And that’s just a teaser of what you’ll experience riding one of the best electric motorcycles of 2023. Yes, electric sports bikes have come a long way, and they’re calling out for you to come along for the ride.
Whether you dream of open roads, never-ending horizons, and lush wilderness, or you have the more practical need of getting from A to B (who are we kidding, we mean home-to-office, of course)—there’s an electric motorbike on the market for you.
With huge innovations in eco-friendly transport (think electric cars, e-bikes, and the ubiquitous e-scooter), it’s no wonder that e-motorcycles have upped their design game, too. Providing low-noise, fume-free, and smooth-sailing journeys, what’s not to like? And of course, the planet will thank you. You can get your kids au fait early on with the great range of mini bikes and kid’s electric cars out there, too.
Naturally, everyone’s different and desires a different spec from their e-motorcycle. We’ve done the legwork for you and found the quickest-charging, longest-range, most powerful, and best budget electric motorbikes of this year, so you can take your pick. For style and speed with a sustainable spin, we’ve got it all.
For 2023, the Cake Kalk INK, BMW CE 04, and Onyx RCR, among many others, make their first appearance on our ranking of the best electric motorcycles of the year.
After our ranking of the best electric motorbikes of 2023, take a look at our buying guide to see what you should pay attention to when shopping for an EV bike. We also explain the methodology behind our ranking of the top bikes of the year.
The 15 best electric motorcycles of 2023
|Cake Kalk INK
|BMW CE 04
|Best sports bike
|Best street bike
|Best electric scooter
|Best for offroad
|Cake Osa Flex
|Best for varied terrain
|Damon Hypersport Premier
|Livewire S2 Del Mar
|Best for tech lovers
|Super Soco TC
|Most classic styling
As a bonus, check the upcoming 2023 electric motorbikes that we’re most excited about after the list.
After our ranking of the best electric motorbikes of 2023, take a look at our buying guide to see what you should pay attention to when shopping for an EV bike. We also explain the methodology behind our ranking of the top bikes of the year.
Energica Experia: Overall best electric motorcycle
When anyone brings up electric motorcycles, it’s easy to envision a dead battery cutting short the fun. Due to the logistical nightmare of squeezing large, heavy batteries onto a small frame, touring bikes have been out of the question.
Until now. Energica Experia is our top choice for an electric motorcycle as it’s gone somewhere others haven’t dared. It has the longest claimed range of any production motorcycle on the market, with up to 261 miles (420 km) of city driving on one charge.
But city driving isn’t the goal of touring. At highway speeds, the range is limited to 130 miles (209 km), but three different charging methods can get you back on the road in a hurry.
The Energica Experia has a great overall stance and handling, combined with a charming aerodynamic style. It is hands down the best electric motorcycle to hit the market.
|75 kW – 102 HP
|180 km/h – 112 mph
|0-100 km/h – 0-62 mph: 3.5 sec
|256 km – 160 miles
Cake Kalk INK Electric Motorbike: Best value EV motorcycle
By mimicking the dual-sport motorcycle, Cake has created a cheap electric motorcycle that can silently sprint around trails. It started as an off-road-only model, but recent upgrades allow street legal use, registered as a 125cc bike in the USA and EU.
If you want something that’s not quite a full-size motorcycle yet not as compact as an electric bicycle, the Cake Kalk INK is a perfect choice. It’s lightweight and nimble, yet still able to deliver some power when you want it.
The Cake Kalk INK incorporated three ride modes that adjust speed and power to provide different levels of battery range. Another three braking modes can perfectly adjust what happens when you lift off the accelerator to match your conditions.
|11 kW – 15 HP
|90 km/h – 56mph
|3 hours of trail/enduro riding
BMW CE 04: Best premium electric motorbike
If there’s one brand that’s no stranger to bringing advanced electric variants to the streets, BMW deserves some credit. The German automaker introduced futuristic-looking EVs over a decade ago and continues to reshape the automotive and motorcycle industries with new platforms.
The BMW CE 04 is not your average motorcycle. Its low-slung shape with an elongated bench seat might remind you of a modified jetski out of water. But that’s far from the truth.
The reality is that this beast utilizes a compact yet powerful motor that pairs with a thin battery pack. This leaves you plenty of room for seating two passengers or extra gear, plus a sizable storage compartment that helps make practical daily use a breeze.
The BMW CE 04 takes a giant step forward in electric motorcycle evolution. Are you ready to take the leap?
|31 kW – 42 HP
|121 km/h – 75 mph
|0–50 km/h – 0-31.1 mph: 2.6 sec
|129 km – 80 Mi
Zero FX: Best electric sports bike
It takes time to perfect any craft. And with over a decade of EV motorcycle production under its belt, Zero is staying ahead of the pack in many ways.
The Zero FX is most at home on the trails, where it will let you FOCUS on finding the right line while cruising through nature. But it’s a jack of all trades. You can throw it around city streets with just as much enthusiasm as your off-road adventures.
The chassis is built from aircraft aluminum and has been shaved down over many years of production, providing one of the best power-to-weight ratios on the market. Simply put, the Zero FX electric sports bike will blow your mind regardless of the conditions under the tires.
|34 kW – 46 HP
|137 km/h – 85 mph
|111 km – 69 miles
Onyx RCR Electric Motorbike: Best electric street bike
It’s a bird… it’s a plane. No, it’s the Onyx RCR electric street bike. Fitting precisely into no category, this sleek offering straddles the line between an e-bike and an electric motorcycle.
One thing’s for certain. The Onyx RCR brings back nostalgia with its cafe-racer looks and woodgrain decals. It’s available in two different models, one designed for street use and one for trail riding. You can also customize battery packs, suspension heights, and paint colors.
This E motorcycle is much more suitable for slower speeds, and the street-legal mode only goes up to 20 mph (32 km/h). But as an affordable electric street bike, this can win over your heart with one quick ride.
|13 kW – 17 HP
|97 km/h – 60 mph
|193 km – 120 miles
Vespa Elettrica: Best electric scooter
Kleenex, Google, Band-Aid. Few brands are so iconic that their trademarked product name takes over the generic term. When it comes to scooters, Vespa is the name of the game and has been since the 1940s.
Today’s Vespas aren’t like that of the past. While the exterior design might have you think otherwise, the Vespa Elettrica uses a fully electric drivetrain to make getting a town an absolute joy.
The power is on the lower end of the scale, but you won’t notice thanks to the respectable 148 lb-ft of instant torque. The inboard display seamlessly connects to your phone. And you have your choice of six stylish colors to make this electric motorcycle scooter your own.
If you don’t care about the Vespa brand name, check out the Piaggio 1. This cheaper alternative is based on the same platform and has similar performance.
|4 kW – 5 HP
|70 km/h – 43 mph
|100 km – 62 miles
Lightning LS-218: Fastest electric motorbike
Some electric motorcycles are meant for city streets or off-road trails. But when it comes to the Lightning LS-218, there is one thing it seeks most of all. The wide-open road.
While the Voxan Wattman is technically the fastest motorcycle, it’s not approved for street use. On the other hand, the Lightning LS-218 can charge down the road at a blistering 218 mph or more, all while silently slipping through the tarmac.
The cost of this powerful E motorcycle is magnitudes more than most bikes, but it has every right to charge the premium. Its incredible design brings out the best in sports bike styling, while the range, acceleration, and top speed are all at the top of the game.
|150 kW – 200 HP
|351 km/h – 218 mph
|0-60 mph: 2.2 sec
|290 km – 180 miles
Arc Vector: Most stylish electric motorcycle
Not many companies have the luxury of using a no-holds-barred approach. ARC is one of the lucky few that does. The result is an impeccable work of art, making the Arc Vector our top choice for style.
But the beauty of this electric street bike is more than skin deep. It’s infused into every component, from the carbon fiber swing arms to the modular battery monocoque platform. The Arc Vector is craftsmanship redefined.
Claiming the title of the world’s most advanced motorcycle, the Vector incorporates a Human Machine Interface with an Arc Pilot System heads-up display helmet and the game-changing Origin Jacket with active feedback. It is like nothing else the world has seen.
|£90,000 (~120,000 USD)
|87 kW – 117 HP
|351 km/h – 218 mph
|0-100 km/h – 0-62 mph: 3.2 sec
|436 km – 271 miles
Pursang E-Tracker: Best electric motorcycle for off-road
One incredible part of the electric motorbike revolution is the innovation coming from new companies. The Spanish-based Pursang is among the top in the segment, offering an excellent option for those who want to fit in anywhere they can drive on two wheels.
The Pursang E-Track fuses a chic look with a powerful Bosch motor and a driving position that’s equally great for relaxed cruising and aggressive off-road sessions. The color TFT screen provides all the details you need and nothing you don’t.
The E-Track is an electric sports bike for those who want it all. There is enough power to have fun, a solid range to get you where you need to go, and it’s all dressed up in a package that’ll attract attention everywhere you go.
|11 kW – 15 HP
|110 km/h – 68 mph
|140 km – 87 miles
Cake Osa Flex: Best E motorcycle for varied terrain
Being a jack of all trades isn’t easy. It requires flexibility and adapting to individual demands. Some electric motorcycles are built for one purpose. Others can handle it all.
When versatility is your priority, turn to the Cake Osa Flex. This high-performance utility machine is geared up with over a thousand accessory combinations to handle any situation with ease. It’s the Swiss Army knife of electric motorcycle scooters.
The battery pack has multiple power outlets, letting it double as a portable power station. It’s a workbench on wheels mixed with a commuter bike that can be packed with gear. The Cake Osa Flex is fully street-legal and ready to be registered as a 50cc bike.
|5 kW – 7 HP
|45 km/h – 28 mph
|92 km – 57 miles
Damon Hypersport Premier: Best electric motorbike for range
Hopping on two wheels isn’t for the faint of heart. But for those road warriors who want the full experience, the Damon Hypersport is worth checking out.
As one of the best electric roadsters on two wheels, the Hypersport pushes out a whopping 200 horsepower and can get up to 60 mph in less than three seconds. But it also hits the mark when it comes to longevity, with an impressive 200-mile (322 km) range.
The Damon Hypersport is engineered to take you faster, safer, and farther. You can instantly transform the riding position on the fly to avoid fatigue or gear up for the curves. An incorporated CoPilot system uses artificial intelligence to keep tabs on everything around you and warn of any hazards.
It’s the electric motorcycle for adults that has your back.
|149 kW – 200 HP
|322 km/h – 200 mph
|322 km – 200 miles
Livewire S2 Del Mar: Best electric street bike for tech lovers
Harley Davidson’s image doesn’t blend well with the electric motorcycle revolution. But the brand’s spinoff EV motorcycle group, Livewire, is doing all it can to show Harley riders that electric motorbikes are the way of the future. And the S2 Del Mar has grabbed the spotlight.
At first glance, it’s mostly what you’d expect from a modern Harley bike. It’s a robust motorcycle that has only a few cues indicating the electric platform, most notable are the heat transfer fins flanking the bike.
But this isn’t Livewire’s first take. It’s a more nimble, lighter, and less expensive version of the Livewire ONE, yet it still has all the power and fun you could want.
The exclusive Del Mar Launch Edition S2 features an exclusive paint scheme and wheel design, but the regular production models are sure to impress with looks just as much as the legendary Harley Davidson ride, even if it doesn’t rumble as you’d expect.
|59.6 kW – 80 HP (est.)
|0-60 mph: 3.1 sec
|177 km – 110 miles
Evoke 6061: Fastest charge electric motorbike
Battery electric vehicles have one serious disadvantage. When they run out of juice, it can be a long time before they’re ready to hit the road again.
The Evoke 6061 turns that idea about-face. By using a 336-volt battery pack, it can recharge up to 80% in 15 minutes. Just enough time for you to shake off any road fatigue, refuel your body, and hop back on.
This hand-assembled new electric motorcycle pleases the eye with its minimalistic design that puts the aluminum twin-plate frame in the spotlight. But the real treat comes when you turn the throttle. The impressive 160-horsepower motor rockets up to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds.
The Evoke 6061 is making waves in the electric motorcycle segment. And for good reason.
|120 kW – 160 HP
|230 km/h – 143 mph
|0-100 km/h – 0-62 mph: 2.6 sec
|470 km – 292 miles
Super Soco TC: Most classic styling
There’s nothing better than getting on two wheels to hop around the city. Especially if those two wheels are packed with class and style.
The Super Soco TC might not be the most powerful electric motorcycle on the road, but its cafe-racer-inspired shape brings back fond memories as it glides down the road. The affordable price tag, removable battery packs, and comfortable riding position make it an excellent choice for short commutes or joy rides.
The graceful design elements do an incredible job of merging new-world technology with classic styling. It has a large display between the bars and an oversized LED headlight placed front and center. It’s pure joy to ride and look at.
|1.9 kW – 2.5 horsepower
|45 km/h – 28 mph
|48 km – 30 miles
Sondors Metacycle: Best cheap electric motorcycle
Take one look at the Sondors Metacycle and it’s clear that it breaks new ground. The Metacycle isn’t just a model name, it’s the introduction of a new segment that’s more powerful than most electric bicycles but not quite up to the full performance of a motorcycle.
It’s one of the best cheap electric motorcycles around, with an impressive 80 mph top speed and up to 80 miles on a single charge. The battery pack is easily removable, so you can park on the street and bring it inside when it needs to charge up away from home.
The Sondors Metacycle is the guilt-free, hassle-free way to get around town. It’s sure to put a smile on your face while letting you put your hard-earned cash to the best use possible.
|14.5 kW – 20 HP
|129 km/h – 80 mph
|129 km – 80 miles
Bonus: The upcoming electric motorcycles we’re most excited about
What’s that we see glinting on the horizon? Oh, just the hottest electric motorcycles hitting the market very soon:
- Switch Scrambler – Make it yours: the Switch Scrambler is totally customizable, and whatever style choices you make, you can be sure it’ll look slick. It’s currently in the ABS testing phase and will be heading for full production later in the year.
- DAB Concept-E – One for the tech-fiends, the DAB Concept-E offers incredibly high-end components for a seamless experience. The slightly smaller-than-average battery means this one’s better for short-range city-riding rather than long journeys.
- Husqvarna E-Pilen – This electric motorcycle for adults is still in its conceptual phase, but it’ll be all the better for it. With a vroom-vroom aesthetic and plans for whippet-like speeds, the Husqvarna E-Pilen is certainly one to keep your eye on. Look out for full production within the next 2 years.
- Ducati Electric Racer – Still a bit of an enigma, the new model is currently being tested. When it’s finally released, the Ducati Electric Racer will be used for the MotoE series in 2023, taking the place of Energica as the official motorcycle supplier. Well, if it’s good enough for the pros…
With so many ground-breaking electric motorcycles entering the market – this could be the year electric begins to surpass petrol. We are seeing competitions where electric motorcycles are now dominating like the Malle Mile. We predict that we are going to see this happening in more and more motorcycle categories now.
Tobin Page, Australian Electric Motor Co
Advantages and disadvantages of electric motorcycles
Electric motorcycles have many advantages. Ease of maintenance, instant torque, and whisper-quiet noise levels are some of the top benefits.
But there are some disadvantages to electric motorbikes too. The main issues to consider are the limited range, charging time and infrastructure, and potential battery replacement needs.
The electric motorcycle that’s best for you
powerful than an electric bicycle, lower profile than an electric car: If you’re looking for a sustainable vehicle that’s a good all-around compromise between the two, you can’t go wrong with an electric motorcycle. In particular, they’re usually more cost-effective than an electric car – and they generally feature shorter recharge times, which is a definite plus.
If you’re looking to purchase an electric motorbike, there are a couple of features you should pay close attention to. These include:
- Range. As an EV, an electric motorbike does have a specific maximum distance that it can travel before you’re going to need to find a way to recharge. If you are using your electric motorcycle mainly for commuting, you may be able to select a bike with a lower range and prioritize other features. If you’re planning on adventuring further away from home, it might be a good idea to select one with a larger range – such as the Damon Hypersport Premier.
- Comfort. Motorcycles aren’t known for being the most comfortable of vehicles, but if you’re planning on riding it a lot, a little comfort will go a long way. Check to see what the seat is made of, whether the pedals are adjustable, and if the shocks of your future bike promise a bump-free ride.
- Safety. Motorcycles have gotten poor press in the past for their lack of safety features. The modern EV motorbike market is compensating for this with new high-tech safety features each year, such as 360-degree cameras and Smart rider assistance. If you’re at all worried about your safety while you’re zipping around on your motorbike, it’s a good idea to invest in a high-tech motorcycle that has these options.
Methodology: How we select, test, and rank the best options on the market
To find the best electric motorcycles on today’s market, we ranked the features we deemed most important – such as safety and range, as well as power, style, and comfort – and looked at all of the motorcycles that have come out recently (and will come out over the course of this year). The master list we came up with featured several sophisticated, powerful motorbikes!
We ranked each of these motorcycles, combing through reviews and testimonials until we had a ranking that we were ready to share. Finally, we picked one element from each bike to emphasize to award each a title as winner of a specific category.
Frequently asked questions about the best electric motorcycles
The Energica Experia is the best electric motorcycle of 2023. With a range of 160 miles (or 256 km), this sweet ride could see you across country borders if you choose. Not to mention, the uber-cool aesthetic and lightning-fast top speed seal the deal.
At just 5,000, the Sondors Metacycle is the cheapest electric motorcycle of 2023. It brings great value, backing its affordable price with a good range and a top speed that rivals several others in this competitive market.
Able to travel a lengthy 482 km (300 miles) on a single charge, the Damon Hypersport Premier is a true pegasus. Oh, and you won’t be meandering along, either: with a max speed of 200 mph (420 km/h), you’ll certainly feel the wind in your hair on this impressive bike.
While e-motorcycles currently sit on the higher end of the price spectrum, they are the transport of our epoche. Boasting quiet operation, no fumes, and of course, minimizing your carbon footprint, e-motorcycles are harbingers of an eco-friendly future. Check our round-up of the top electric motorcycles of 2023 to find the best one for you.
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