Every auto expo these days are showcasing an increasing number of electric vehicles and this year's EICMA was no different
With ever tightening emission norms and the demand for better fuel efficiency, it is no surprise that auto companies are concentrating more and more on battery-powered automobiles.
Every auto expo these days is showcasing an increasing number of electric vehicles and this year's EICMA was no different. Primarily a motorcycle and cycles expo, the Milan auto show did showcase a few cars too. However, here are our favourite electric bikes from the 2018 EICMA.
Let's start out small, really small. The Ducati MIG-RR is, in essence, a mountain bike, but it is powered by a battery. With a Shimano Steps E8000 motor working in conjunction with conventional pedals, the MTB gets an 11-speed sprocket-gear set, a telescopic front fork and a triangular swing arm. The crazy part, the MIG-RR weighs in at just around 22 kg, but torque figures comes in at about 70 Nm. Putting that in perspective, that’s more torque than Harley-Davidson's Street 750 that weighs about 223 kg.
The Husqvarna would be the next little thing. This little dirtbike runs on a 6.7 hp electric motor. That's not a whole lot, but considering it performs in league with most 50 cc dirtbikes, this is definitely for beginners and little riders. Even the seat height is adjustable to allow for your little rider to grow into. The 907 Watt hour battery can charge up to 80 percent in about 45 minutes with a full charge coming in at 70 minutes.
Now for a more commuter oriented bike. Well, this is a scooter not a bike, but so what? The brushless electric motor on this little commuter churns out close to 200 Nm of torque. The battery charges to full in about four hours to offer you a range of approximately 100 km and considering scooter riders usually have a short commute, this could be a very good option instead of a conventional scooter or even a bike up to 150 cc.
The LiveWire has been one of the most anticipated bikes from the Harley-Davidson stable and although it was unveiled in prototype form back in 2014, we now have a production ready model set for a launch in 2019. Powered by a permanent magnet, the AC motor is hooked to an RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System), Harley's fancy term for a lithium-ion battery pack. Performance numbers have yet to be announced, but it is clear that the bike will have ABS and traction control.
The KYMCO was a surprise entry for most. A company that primarily made scooters, this year showcased a bike that looked a whole lot less like a scooter. With names like Brembo and Ohlins littered across the SuperNEX, this is a full-blown superbike that looks like any other Japanese gas guzzler on the market. There is no word on engine specs but performance numbers indicate a 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds and a 155 mph top speed mark.
The Arc Vector is one of the most futuristic looking bikes on our list. With a 399 volt electric motor, the bike can push away with 133 hp and 395 Nm of torque. Brutally high, isn't it? And if this wasn’t futuristic enough for you, the bike also gets a helmet that works as a keyfob with a built in headsup display and a tactile jacket that taps you on the shoulder for income traffic from behind. For now, the Arc Vector will only be released in UK at a price of 90,000 pounds.
Energica Bolid-E concept
With the future of mobility moving more and more towards electric, the next natural progression would be connectivity to smart devices. Italian electric motorcycle manufacturer Energica has taken a step toward this direction in a collaboration with Samsung and unveiled the Bolid-E as part of their Smart Ride project. Mirrors have been replaced with cameras and the Samsung Galaxy Watch can switch on the bike with NFC.