Ducati Scrambler Cross-E Electric Scooter Review
The Ducati Scrambler Cross-E embodies the true essence of what a Ducati should be. It brings stunning performance and styling to the iconic Ducati platform but in a much smaller frame. The Scrambler Cross-E is a motorcycle-inspired electric scooter that reinterprets Ducati’s iconic Ducati Scrambler motorcycles.
This scooter boasts a bold style and loads of innovative highlights, a true cruiser and every rider’s dream. It mixes the heritage of Italian artistry with cutting-edge design and sports an elegant figure, making it perfect for all types of riding. Yes, I know that sounds like a line straight out of a cheesy romance novel, but it’s true. The Scrambler Cross-E combines performance and practicality into one vehicle that a discerning urban rider cannot ignore.
Scrambler Cross-E: The Lowdown…
We’ve all heard, or at least know, about Ducati from one place or the other. Ducati is a revered name in the motorcycle world. The brand is owned by Italian luxury sports car maker Lamborghini, whose parent company is revered German carmaker German, Audi. Ducati has excelled as a motorcycle manufacturer for many years, with a reputation for building high-performance motorcycles. The company has also won several championships in the World Superbike Championship and the MotoGP Grand Prix.
Ducati entered the e-mobility space through collaboration with MT Distribution. The partnership allowed MT Distribution to bring the Ducati-branded electric scooters, folding e-bikes, and accessories to market in 2020. Its current electric scooters catalogue includes the Ducati Corse and Scrambler Cross brands. The Scrambler Cross brand comprises City Cross-E X Total Yellow, City Cross-E Black Yellow, Cross-E Sport, City Cross-E Total Black, City Cross-E offroad edition, and Cross-E.
The brand name ‘Ducati Scrambler’ was originally attributed to a line of single-cylinder Scrambler motorcycles that were made for the American region from the early ’60s to the mid-’70s by Ducati. The Scrambler Cross-E propels the Ducati legacy with an electric scooter that’s as practical as it is stylish. Every part of the Cross-E has been enhanced to give you a piece of retro Italian style combined with state-of-the-art technology.
With its high-strength alloy steel frame and a decent 15.5 mph (25 km/h) speed, the Ducati Scrambler Cross-E gets you from A to B with speed and ease. And there’s no mistaking this scooter–simply look out for a bumblebee-looking scooter cruising stylishly down the street– that’s the Cross-E. The Cross-E features multiple upgrades from the City Cross-E and is designed to offer more off road capability.
Key Differences Between the City Cross-E and Cross-E
The scooters have some similarities, e.g., a max speed of 25 Km/h, a 40-45 km range, and a max load of 120 kgs. However, there are enough differences to warrant serious consideration of the benefits and drawbacks of each before purchasing, as listed below:
- The City Cross E is exclusively meant for urban riding. The Cross-E has some off road capability and makes it easier to go from paved tracks to park trails. Ducati offers a City Cross-E offroad edition, which heavily borrows from the Cross-E.
- The City Cross-E is built using lightweight aluminium alloy, keeping the weight at a minimal 19 kgs. The Cross-E, on the other hand, utilizes a steel alloy in construction and has an exaggerated deck. The result is 27 Kgs weight for the original version and 29 for the Sports version, which weighs a little more due to the larger battery. The City Cross-E Offroad version also borrows the steel alloy alloy, thus is heavier than the regular edition.
- The City Cross-E is propelled by a 350W motor, while the Cross-E comes equipped with a 500W motor.
- The City Cross E has a 36V, 12.5Ah, 450Wh battery capacity. Alternatively, the Original Cross-E comes equipped with a 36V, 10.4Ah, 374Wh, while the Sports version carries a 48V, 10.4Ah, 499Wh, with 52 cells.
- The City Cross-E has a small stem-integrated LCD screen, while its Offroad version sports a larger 3.5″ LCD. The Cross-E sports the same 3.5″ LCD.
- The wheels on the scooters are of different sizes. The City Cross-E rolls on 10″ tires, while the Offroad version has the 11″ size. The Cross-E comes in with a thicker variation of the 11″ wheels for maximum stability.
- The cost varies as well. The City Cross-E retails for €599 / 670, while the Cross-E retails at €899/ 1000 (Original version) and € 999/ 1105 (Sports Version).
Read on for the full Ducati Scrambler Cross-E review.
Ducati Scrambler Cross-E Specifications
Ducati Scrambler Cross-E Review Video
Watch a detailed video of the unboxing and review of the Ducati Scrambler Cross-E electric scooter. The Ducati Scrambler Cross-E electric scooter is an excellent top-of-the-line, luxurious mode of transportation.
Ducati Scrambler Cross-E Pros
Great build quality and stylish design
The wide deck provides excellent foot grip
It is versatile with 3 ride modes and cruise control
It is built using durable material that ensures its longevity
It has an adequate lighting system for riding at night
It has beefy tyres that can adapt to various terrains.
It has an easy-access removable battery. Swapping batteries can extend your range.
It has a large display for access to your riding metrics.
Ducati Scrambler Cross-E Cons
It lacks a suspension system and thus affects ride quality.
It is heavy, and this discourages portability
It lacks Bluetooth connectivity/app and NFC ignition card available on other models
The front headlight is lowly placed
Ducati Scrambler Cross-E Summary
The Ducati Scrambler Cross-E electric scooter comes in a black and yellow colour scheme, which perfectly complements its luxury feel and is both eye-catching and stylish. The frame is made out of high-strength aluminium alloy steel, which gives it strength, stability, and durability. It also features a solid tubular stem, which provides excellent rigidity and stability. However, the material puts the Cross-E electric scooter a little on the heavy side, at 59.5 pounds (27 kg).
The Ducati Scrambler Cross-E electric scooter is equipped with a powerful motor that ensures impressive acceleration, good range, and enormous fun. It is powered by a 500W rear brushless electric motor that can travel up to 15.5 Mph (25 Km/h) and haul a maximum rider weight of 264.5 lbs (120kg). It’s also built with a 36V, 10.4Ah, 374Wh Li-Ion battery that allows 24.8 miles (40 km) of travel on a single charge and takes 5-6 hours to charge fully. The 500W motor is powerful enough to generate torque that effortlessly propels the scooter through 15% gradients.
The Ducati Cross-E also comes equipped with 11-inch tubeless tires designed to handle the tricky terrain of off-road riding. The tyres provide cushioning in the absence of suspension and allow you to ride over most terrain with ease. This model is also equipped with dual front and rear disc brakes to help ensure that you stop when you need to. Further, this electric scooter’s 3.5-inch built-in LCD screen is bright and easy to read, even in the most brilliant daylight.
The ergonomic handlebars on the Ducati Scrambler Cross-E electric scooter make riding as fun and straightforward as possible. The scooter is further equipped with dual front LED lights and rear red lights, meaning you can travel safely, whether it’s day or night. It has a cruise control function for maintaining an average speed when riding. The absence of a suspension system can be felt, especially on bumpy roads. But if that’s not a priority for you, this is an excellent product and good value for your money.
Read on for a more detailed look at Ducati Scrambler Cross-E and its ingenious specifications.
The new Ducati Scrambler Cross-E lets you experience the same visceral thrill of a Ducati motorcycle in a unique electric scooter. With its powerful brushless motor that yields 500W continuous power output and a high-capacity battery, the Cross-E is ready for any adventure. An agile and dynamic vehicle, it is powerful and capable of taking you up to 15.5 mph. However, that depends on the driver’s weight, road condition and how you ride.
Acceleration is linear: the electric design means immediate response to any input, with no lag between your command and the scooter’s performance. The Ducati Scrambler Cross-E electric scooter is also serious about giving you the power to take it through most terrain and conquering inclines of up to 15%. The manufacturer advertised range is 24.8 miles (40 km), but the actual range in real-world use is nearly half, particularly if ridden at higher speeds and/or in windy conditions or cold weather.
The Ducati Scrambler Cross-E electric scooter may not be for you if you’re looking for speed and power. The max speed is a modest 15.5 Mph (25 Km/h)—more of a casual jaunt than a sprint. This can be a nice feature for riders who are just going to cruise around town on the weekend, but it isn’t suited for long-distance riding or racing. However, the motor guarantees excellent pick-up when you are accelerating.
The Ducati Scrambler Cross-E electric scooter also has three-speed modes: Sport, Comfort, and Eco. The Sport mode has a maximum speed of 15.5 Mph (25 Km/h), while Comfort and Eco have a maximum speed limit of 9.3 mph (15 km/h) and 3 mph (6 km/h). It also features cruise control, allowing you to relax and enjoy the ride!
With an impressive peak power of 600W, the scooter has enough grunt to help you climb up to 15% inclines. Now, the manufacturer claims that the scooter can conquer hills of 27%, but under average conditions, the 500W motor may struggle to ride through such steep gradients.
The scooter is powered by a 36V, 10.4Ah, 374Wh lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion batteries are the most common type of battery used in electric scooters and have a good reputation for reliability. The battery can be fully charged in around 5 hours.
The Scrambler Cross E comes with a removable battery. It takes just a few minutes to unlock and remove the battery from the scooter. You simply lift the footrest, which reveals the battery case, then open said case with the dedicated keys. You can then charge the battery directly using the manufacturer-issued charger. To extend range, purchase a separate battery and use them interchangeably.
The manufacturer-advertised range is 24.8 miles (40 km), but this is only if you meet the following conditions:
- Ride at a fixed speed of 25kph (15mph) on a flat road, with no wind, and in Eco mode
- Use no lights or other electrical equipment
- Have a rider weight of less than 150lbs
- You do not exceed 50% throttle for longer than five minutes at a time.
- No stop-and-start riding in urban areas and/or traffic jams.
- The ambient temperature is between 65 and 75 °F (18–24 °C).
- Your battery is fully charged and has been in storage for no longer than 30 days before the start of your ride.
These are near-unachievable in any real-life setting, and riders should therefore expect a significantly lower actual range–about 15 to 20 kms in the highest speed setting.
With a quiet 500W continuous power output motor in the rear hub, the Scrambler Cross-E packs a punch. The Scrambler Cross E’s 600W peak power provides a smooth acceleration curve that’s not overwhelming on the rider.
The motor is a brushless motor, which means no brushes are needed to engage the commutator, making it more efficient and less prone to overheating than brushed motors. Also, the motor requires minimal maintenance.
The scooter is superbly built and designed to be used in an urban environment and the occasional offroad. Sturdy and long-lasting, the scooter’s frame is crafted from high-strength alloy steel, ensuring durability. However, the alloy steel comes at the expense of added weight. Additionally, it sports an ergonomic and comfortable handlebar with rubberized grips making it easy to hold and maneuver.
This new BumbleBee-inspired model, plus its less striking all-black version, features a unique deck that’s designed like an ottoman. It features concealed storage that opens up to reveal the battery case and removable battery. The deck and graphics featured to create an optical illusion—an intricate wavy pattern that’s as gorgeous as it is mind-boggling. The colour pattern is also in line with the original Ducati Scrambler motorcycle blueprint.
It has a solid fender with a footrest so that you can rest your feet while waiting at stop lights or signs. The scooter’s handlebar comes with an easy-to-use throttle and controls to switch it on and adjust the speed, acceleration, and braking power. You’ll feel like James Bond as you cruise through traffic in this stylish vehicle. Also, it has a solid, non-adjustable stem that doesn’t wobble. This is key for the safety and agility of your ride.
The battery has been so cleverly integrated into the design of this electric scooter that you’d never know it was there until you needed it. It’s housed under the deck and is removable, making charging easy and convenient. A kickstand is embedded on the side of the deck to make sure you don’t have to worry about balancing your scooter when you take a break.
The scooter lacks a suspension system. This was likely done to keep the scooter’s weight down and make it more agile. However, the absence of a suspension system makes the ride a bit bumpy on very uneven roads.
The Scrambler is a smooth ride, with a responsive throttle and the kind of quiet operation you’d expect from an electric vehicle on urban terrain. However, the lack of suspension might make for a bumpier ride on uneven surfaces. To make up for that, the rear in-hub motor delivers a quiet and powerful ride, while the 11″ anti-puncture tyres provide superior grip on any surface.
This rugged ride is made to perform moderately well off-road and on inclines. It has a robust motor that provides plenty of power to climb hills and other obstacles with relative ease. And it’s designed with a robust frame, so it can hold up to the rumbles experienced on off-road conditions without sacrificing too much stability.
The handlebar is designed to be comfortable and functional. The handlebar is ergonomic, and the ends are fitted with rubberised grips, ensuring a firm and comfortable grip. In addition, the scooter features a rather unique but spacious wavy-like deck that is covered in a non-slip material. This will keep you safe and comfortable as you ride. The deck is also large, providing plenty of space to accommodate riders of all sizes.
The stem does not wobble or twist even while riding over bumps and dirt roads thanks to its clamping system–but you have to keep tightening the bolts as they tend to come loose.
The scooter’s lighting system comprises a double front headlight and rear red lights for optimal night visibility. The anti-glare front headlight offers sufficient illumination, though the low placement on the scooter may limit visibility by other motorists–Ducati should have gone with a higher-mounted light. However, the lights are adjustable, and you can change elevation to allow for better light projection. Also, it lacks indicators and reflective stickers or materials, making it less visible in low-light conditions.
The Cross-E electric scooter has efficient braking technology to make for a safe, smooth ride. The braking system features a dual disk brake that provides even and well-balanced braking power and is easy to control.
The disc brakes provide superior braking power in all conditions. The brakes are activated by hand levers on the handlebar and are easy to use, even when wearing gloves. The brake levers also have an adjustment screw that allows you to fine-tune the braking power to your needs.
The Cross-E weighs 59.5 pounds (27 kg), probably because of its bulky frame, beefy tyres, and battery pack. This scooter’s weight makes it nearly impossible to lift off the ground for most and takes significant energy for those that attempt to carry it. For a mid-range scooter, this is a real drawback. In fact, it weighs more than some of the best performance scooters, e.g., Kaabo Skywalker, 10S Apollo City Pro 2022, EMOVE Cruiser, Vsett 8, and Zero 10. However, the folded dimensions are good for storage convenience, i.e., 118.3 x 46 x 49.8 cm. And the folding mechanism is quick and easy.
The scooter comes with ‘fat’ 11″ tubeless front and rear anti-puncture tyres, designed to absorb vibrations while riding on dirt roads or other areas that present a challenge to regular tyres. However, most riders report that the wheels are mostly cosmetic and do very little to prevent jarring.
The knobby offroad tyres are designed to ensure maximum grip on any surface. In addition, Its tires are anti-puncture, so you don’t have to worry about getting stranded because you ran over a nail or a stray piece of glass.
The Ducati Scrambler Cross-E electric scooter has a unique deck design that features a sturdy, wavy platform with distinct pixel graphics. The deck’s color is grey and yellow and has a stylish, angular twist. The aesthetic of this scooter is reminiscent of a Jeep while maintaining the sleekness of a luxury item.
The deck is spacious enough to fit two sets of feet. However, because of its wavy design, the rider will need to place one foot in front of the other. The deck of the Scrambler Cross-E is covered in a non-slip material that will keep you safe and comfortable as you ride.
The Ducati Scrambler Cross-E sports a lean and sporty handlebar that offers an ideal level of control. The handlebar is wrapped in grips that are easy to hold, allowing your hands to relax during the ride. The handlebar’s center is a pretty 3.5″ LCD display that provides all the important information about your ride.
The display shows your real-time speed, distance travelled, the time elapsed, speed mode, and battery level. It even indicates when the scooter’s cruise control and headlights are on. It also has the Power Button that also changes ride modes and switches on the front headlight.
The brake levers are situated on the handlebar and are easy to reach and use. Other controls are also easily accessible. The right side of the handlebar has a thumb-activated throttle.
The Cross-E scooter has an IPX4 rating, meaning that it can withstand light showers and splashes from the side. It can ride through shallow puddles without sustaining electrical damage to the internal mechanisms. That aside, do not spray hose your scooter when cleaning or ride it in heavy downpour.
The Ducati Scrambler Cross-E has been designed and built to the same standards as Ducati’s world-renowned motorcycles, meaning that it benefits from the same level of quality and attention to detail. The alloy steel frame is durable enough not just for riding but can sustain falls without damaging the structure–a necessary feature for off-road vehicles.
The beefy 11″ tires are built to supplement the lack of shock absorbers and withstand rough offroad terrain. They are also anti-puncture, but that should not give riders a license to recklessly ride through sharp objects. For increased juice, the scooter also features a removable battery that riders can secure in a set to use interchangeably for an extended range.
The speed, acceleration, and torque come together to give this scooter reliable moving power, with a reliable set of brakes to bring the scooter to an uncompromised stop. Thanks to the front and tail lights, you can also ride the scooter in low light conditions without much worry.
The Scrambler comes with a 6-months warranty as standard. With the purchase of this unit, you also get Family Protection with AXA insurance. In addition, Ducati offers a customer support service that is available 24/7, meaning that you can always get in touch with someone if you have any issues including AXA assistance.
The Ducati Scrambler Cross-E is a work of art, an icon of automotive design. It requires a certain level of care and maintenance; you should read the owner’s manual carefully and follow all the recommended procedures to keep your scooter in top condition, including;
- Inspect the wiring periodically for any damage or signs of wear and tear.
- Keep the battery properly charged and store it in a cool, dry place when not in use.
- Regularly check the tire pressure and keep them at the recommended level.
- Check the brakes to make sure they are functioning properly.
- Lubricate the moving parts every 2 weeks or so.
- Clean off any build-up dirt or mud every week or so.
- Ensure that all screws and bolts are tight to prevent anything from coming loose over time.
- Always store the scooter in a dry place, away from direct sunlight or rain.
As a relatively new entrant into the world of E-scooters, the feedback on Ducati scooters is not as comprehensive as that of scooters that have been around for decades. But, the following seems to be the sentiment of many of the customers who have tested out the Scrambler Cross-E:
- Customers have complained that the screws at the base of the handlebar are problematic, and even after replacing them or tightening them to the end, they still come loose again. As a result, the handlebar remains wobbly.
Ducati Scrambler Cross-E: Is it worth the money and is it worth buying?
The Scrambler Cross-E offers good ride quality on city roads, and the fact that the battery is removable makes it very convenient in terms of charging and extending range. The build quality is excellent owing to the strong steel alloy used; however, this introduces a new weight challenge, which greatly reduces the scooter’s portability. We wouldn’t recommend it as a commuter scooter as you will struggle with the weight. However, we stand by the scooters in their City Cross E line-up or Pro series, which weigh far less.
The off road capability is dismal despite it being a selling point. The speed is okay–nothing out of this world, and the range is average. Again, you can easily get a scooter with better performance and added features like suspensions at the price point. Here are a few scooters with suspensions that can be great alternatives: Zero 9 has dual springs and disc brakes and retails at 1099; Mercane WideWheel Pro has dual motors that produce 1000W, it can reach speeds of 41kmh, and has disc brakes and dual spring suspensions at a retail price of 1169. Generally, this is an average scooter with a hyped-up brand name.
Ducati Scrambler CROSS-E Off Road E-Scooter
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If you enjoy exploring, going off for long weekend rides and not being limited by terrain, the Ducati Scrambler is the scooter for you. Taking inspiration from the scrambler motorcycle range, the ethos of being able to ride anywhere flows. Read more
If you enjoy exploring, going off for long weekend rides and not being limited by terrain, the Ducati Scrambler is the scooter for you. Taking inspiration from the scrambler motorcycle range, the ethos of being able to ride anywhere flows right through this model.
Featuring 110/50-6.5 tubeless tyres on the front and the rear, bumps are easily absorbed. This scooter also has a 500W motor with a peak power of 600W, meaning you’ll be able to pull up hills with ease. With a range of up to 40km those long weekend rides are just around the corner.
- Top speed: 25kph
- Range: 40km
- Power: 500W (Peak power 600W)
- Front rear disc brakes
- 110/50-6.5 tubeless tyres
- LCD display
- 3x rider / speed modes
- Front rear LED lights
- Charge time: 5 hours
Electric scooters are not to be used on footpaths, cycle lanes or roads in the UK. It is the complete responsibility of the customer to ensure that you operate your e-scooter within all country and local laws. It is essential to wear a helmet when using an e-scooter.
Further Information Product Specifications
The frame is made of high-strength alloy steel. It mounts a wide platform with a unique design for maximum comfort of use. The platform can be released from the frame to allow the extraction of the battery.
The scooter is equipped with a powerful 500W brushless motor that allows excellent pick-up both at the start and on uphill sections and to quickly reach the maximum speed limit of 25 km/h. This type of motor requires minimal maintenance and has a very low level of wear. It holds up well different speed levels and it is very quiet.
The battery has a capacity of 10.4Ah and 375 Wh at 36V. When fully charged it guarantees an autonomy up to 40 km, maintaining an average speed of 15 km/h. The value varies depending on the driver’s weight, road conditions, outside temperature, etc. It is possible to monitor the battery level from the display with a quick glance.
The 11.5’’ front and rear so-called ‘’fa’’ anti-puncture tubeless tires (110/50-6.5”) are also suitable for stretches of dirt or very uneven roads and able to absorb driving vibrations.
- FRAME:High-strength alloy steel
- MOTOR: 500W brushless
- BATTERY: 36V, 10.4Ah, 374Wh
- WHEELS: 110/50-6.5” front and rear Tubeless
- BRAKES: Double front and rear disc brake
- DISPLAY: 3.5” LCD
- TRAVEL: 40 km (travelling at an average speed of 15km/h, subject to variations based on driver’s weight, road conditions, temperature etc.)
- MAX WEIGHT SUPP: 120kg
- CHARGING TIME: around 5 hours
- SPEED: ECO:
- NET WEIGHT: 27 kg
If you have received a faulty product, please contact us straight away. Please attach any photos of the fault on the email. Please ensure you do not ride the scooter as once you have ridden the scooter if broken, we are unable to replace the item. We offer free returns on all scooters within 30 days of purchase.
If your electric scooter develops a manufacturing fault through normal use (as outlined in the manufacturer’s manual) then please contact us, quoting your order number, attaching a photo of the electric scooter and the fault details. We will arrange for it to be returned for repairs before returning the electric scooter to you.
Our after-sale assistance does not include faults that have been caused by:
- Incorrect usage or adjustments, lack of maintenance and/or use of the products that is not in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions booklet
- Conditions, malfunctions or damage caused by the use of non-original parts or unauthorized circuit and configuration change
- Collisions, accidental falls, crashes or punctures of the products
- Use, exposure or storage of the products in an inappropriate environment (rain, mud, exposure to moisture or excessive heat, contact with sand or other substances)
- Lack of maintenance or improper use of the battery and tyres
- Natural wear of wearable materials or caused by assembly mistakes of the parts
- Improper use of the products including riding the e-scooter with more than one rider
- Maintenance, repairs and/or technical interventions carried out by unauthorized third parties, the use of non-original spare parts and issues that arise from self-modifications
- Malfunctions or damage caused by or during the time that a user is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fractures/ damage or loss of plastic parts inclusive of the charging port, handlebar switches and plastic flaps.
Ducati Scrambler SCR-E and SCR-E Sport First Looks
Ducati and MT Distribution have partnered to produce two pedal-assist bicycles with Ducati Scrambler branding. These two-wheelers follow on the heels of the successful debut of the Ducati-branded electric scooters from Super Soco last year.
There are two flavors of pedal-assist bicycles sporting the Ducati Scrambler logo—the SCR-E and the SCR-E Sport. In addition to being both human- and electric-powered, both models are folding designs for easy transport.
The Scrambler SCR-E is a fat-tire bicycle with four-inch wide knobby Kenda Krusade Sport tires on 20-inch wire-spoke wheels. That means the SCR-E is capable of transport both on- and off-pavement, just like its ICE motorcycle equivalent.
Helping your legs out is a 374 Wh battery integrated into the frame. The range is up to 43 miles, which is plenty for urban environments.
The SCR-E doesn’t have a chromoly-steel trellis frame like it’s relative in the motorcycle world. Instead, the bicycle has an aluminum frame. The frame has a handle to make it easy to carry the SCR-E when necessary. Ducati describes the act of folding up the bike as “simple and quick.”
You don’t have to park the SCR-E after dark, as it has a headlight and a taillight integrated into the seat post for the Viento saddle. A sensor detects when it’s getting dark and turns the lighting on automatically. An LCD display helps you keep track of the technical status of the SCR-E, as well as your speed.
Disc brakes slow you down, and a Shimano seven-speed rear gear cluster makes pedaling less work at all speeds.
For those who are serious about performance on a pedal-assist bicycle, the SCR-E Sport is ready to go. The battery is bumped up to a 458 Wh unit, which extends the range to nearly 50 miles—that facilitates a long, fast commute.
It takes the SCR-E and adds full suspension—a telescopic fork and single rear shock. Further, the SCR-E Sport gets aluminum alloy wheels. Pavement-specific Kenda Kraze tires add traction on tarmac.
The Ducati Scrambler SCR-E and SCR-E Sport are already on sale in the UK at Ducati dealers, as well as on the Ducati website. The arrival date or price in the United States has yet to be determined, if we see these little gems at all.
Ducati Scrambler SCR-E and SCR-E Sport Photo Gallery
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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
|1||Energica Experia||Overall best|
|2||Cake Kalk INK||Best value|
|3||BMW CE 04||Best premium|
|4||Zero FX||Best sports bike|
|5||Onyx RCR||Best street bike|
|6||Vespa Elettrica||Best electric scooter|
|7||Lightning LS-218||Fastest motorbike|
|8||Arc Vector||Most stylish|
|9||Pursang E-Tracker||Best for offroad|
|10||Cake Osa Flex||Best for varied terrain|
|11||Damon Hypersport Premier||Best range|
|12||Livewire S2 Del Mar||Best for tech lovers|
|13||Evoke 6061||Fastest charge|
|14||Super Soco TC||Most classic styling|
|15||Sondors Metacycle||Best budget|
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.
|Engine power:||75 kW – 102 HP|
|Top speed:||180 km/h – 112 mph|
|Acceleration:||0-100 km/h – 0-62 mph: 3.5 sec|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||11 kW – 15 HP|
|Top speed:||90 km/h – 56mph|
|Range:||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?
|Engine power:||31 kW – 42 HP|
|Top speed:||121 km/h – 75 mph|
|Acceleration:||0–50 km/h – 0-31.1 mph: 2.6 sec|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||34 kW – 46 HP|
|Top speed:||137 km/h – 85 mph|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||13 kW – 17 HP|
|Top speed:||97 km/h – 60 mph|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||4 kW – 5 HP|
|Top speed:||70 km/h – 43 mph|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||150 kW – 200 HP|
|Top speed:||351 km/h – 218 mph|
|Acceleration:||0-60 mph: 2.2 sec|
|Range:||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.
|Price:||£90,000 (~120,000 USD)|
|Engine power:||87 kW – 117 HP|
|Top speed:||351 km/h – 218 mph|
|Acceleration:||0-100 km/h – 0-62 mph: 3.2 sec|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||11 kW – 15 HP|
|Top speed:||110 km/h – 68 mph|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||5 kW – 7 HP|
|Top speed:||45 km/h – 28 mph|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||149 kW – 200 HP|
|Top speed:||322 km/h – 200 mph|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||59.6 kW – 80 HP (est.)|
|Acceleration:||0-60 mph: 3.1 sec|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||120 kW – 160 HP|
|Top speed:||230 km/h – 143 mph|
|Acceleration:||0-100 km/h – 0-62 mph: 2.6 sec|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||1.9 kW – 2.5 horsepower|
|Top speed:||45 km/h – 28 mph|
|Range:||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.
|Engine power:||14.5 kW – 20 HP|
|Top speed:||129 km/h – 80 mph|
|Range:||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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