With many Californians looking to “go green” and choose environmentally-friendly products, energy-efficient cars are popping up in cities across the state. However, electric vehicles have failed to satisfy the desire of motorcyclists to ride free, outside the confines of a car. Now, there is an alternative to the electric cars—electric motorcycles.
Electric motorcycles are on the rise as today’s young adults and Baby Boomers are looking for an eco-conscious way to motorcycle without doing harm to the environment. Saving money on filling up the tank is also an added benefit of the electric motorcycle. They are ideal for commuting around large cities, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Zero Motorcycles, a California company, is leading the pack in the electric motorcycle market. Harley-Davidson is also looking to get in the game, with the development of an electric motorcycle, the “Livewire.” This plug-in bike could be on the market as early as 2016.
As gas prices rise, the market for electric motorcycles could grow by as much as 30% by 2023. Between 2015 and 2024, as many it is estimated that 55 million electric scooters and motorcycles will be sold worldwide.
Besides the fuel savings, electric motorcycles offer many other benefits. First of all, they are much easier to maintain than their gas-powered counterparts because they operate solely on battery power. There’s no need to change the oil.
Electric motorcycles are also inexpensive to purchase and maintain. They are available for under $12,000, with the cheapest model priced at just $8,495. These electric motorcycles are small but powerful, hitting 60 mph in just over four seconds.
While electric motorcycles are excellent modes of transportation for those who live in the city, they’re impractical for those who live in rural areas or commute long distances for work. The maximum range between charges is only 35 miles. There are battery extenders available, but they cost thousands of dollars and only boost the overall range to as much as 185 miles.
The motorcycle accident lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP point out that the reduced speed offered by electric motorcycles doesn’t necessarily mean a reduction in accidents. Accidents occur at all speeds, even low speeds. Our legal team has handled hundreds of motorcycle accidents. We always provide a free consultation or case evaluation.