MOTORCYCLES AND SCOOTERS ELECTRIC ENGINES’ ELDORADO
They might well be just what’s needed to give the electric engine market a boost. Because unlike cars, whose vocation is to power through the miles, two-wheelers are primarily used to cover relatively short distances. Their electric driving range (generally limited to 62 miles) is consequently not a problem. Nor is the phenomenal lack of power when accelerating. That’s why legendary motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson has taken the daring step of designing a fully electric motorbike. Going by the name of the Live Wire, the creation is currently just a prototype but should hit the market by 2020. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the bike doesn’t reproduce the instantly recognizable roar of your usual made-in-Milwaukee engine, but more of a high-pitched whistle. That, however, is the only thing that sets it apart from any other Harley. In terms of acceleration, it performs far better than its combustion engined counterparts, going from 0 to 62mph in just 4 seconds – a performance worthy of a Lamborghini. At the other end of the scale, the BMW C-Evolution scooter is no speed demon, but it is already available on the market and boasts outstanding agility for an urban two-wheeler. This perfectly balanced vehicle has a driving range of 62 miles, which is more than adequate for everyday use, and offers the ideal way of getting around a congested city.