MO­TOR­CY­CLES AND SCOOT­ERS ELEC­TRIC EN­GINES’ EL­DO­RADO

The Pullman Magazine - - Styles -

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.

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