Electric motorcycles are having a moment. Whether it’s because we’re too concerned about the environment to rely on our old gas-guzzling motorbikes anymore, or just too lazy to make the switch to a pedal bike, more and more of us are adding an electric motorcycle to our wish-lists. And why not? Thanks to their combination of technology, speed, and convenience, they’re an awesome way of getting us from point A to point B without making us break into a sweat or inspire the wrath of the eco-warriors. But with the ever-growing demand comes an ever-growing supply. And with choice comes a problem – how, out of the hundreds of models out there, do we decide which is best? If you’d rather someone else do the research for you, you’re in luck. We’ve done exactly that. Here, without further ado, are the results of our investigation into the 10 Best Electric Motorcycles of 2020.
10. Arc Vector
If you want a motorcycle that combines a futuristic design with powerful performance, look no further than the Arc Vector. One of hiconsumption.com’s top picks for 2020, it’s fast (expect top speeds of up to 125 miles per hour), sleek, and, with a range of 270 miles, very, very efficient.
9. Cezeta 506/02
Motor Cycle News ranks the Cezeta 506/02 as one of the year’s best bikes. We don’t disagree. With a 6kWh battery pack, a range of up to 93 miles, and an 11kW motor for an acceleration of 0-31 mph in 2.7 seconds, it’s a solid, reliable bike that’s set to do Čezeta’s reputation for building high quality, high-performance bikes very little harm indeed.
8. Lito Sora
Let’s get one thing straight before we go any further. The Lito Sora is by no means suitable for those with deep pockets and short arms. At a stonking $82,000, it’s one of the most expensive electric motorcycles on the market. It’s also one of the best. Thanks to its massively powerful motor and extra long-range battery, you’ll not have to worry about suddenly finding yourself in the middle of nowhere with no power – and if you need to make a fast getaway, the acceleration of 3 seconds from 0 to 60 will let you do just that. Combine that with a sleek look and a comfortable build, and that price suddenly starts seeming a whole lot more reasonable.
Got no room for a bike and very little money to buy one? Then don’t give up hope completely. The Tarform is the perfect solution to tight spaces and even tighter budgets. It might not have all the gadgetry and wizardry of some of the bigger and more expensive bikes on the market, and charging it might take a whopping 4 hours, but it’s still a very solid option for those looking to upgrade their old gas-guzzler to something a little more 21st century. Users can expect top speeds of up 90 miles per hour, and while the battery isn’t as long-lasting as some others on the market, you’ve got the option to extend its life by investing in a larger battery pack.
6. Energica Eva Ribelle
The Energica Eva Ribelle has a lot to recommend it. It may not be the cheapest bike on the market, but as the only electric naked bike with DC Fast Charge (meaning it charges faster than 82% of other electric bikes on the market), it’s at the cutting edge of technology. If you want a bike that’ll take the trudge out of the daily commute, it could well be your ideal match.
5. Harley-Davidson Livewire
If you want a bike that’s comfortable, powerful, has a great battery life, and some very cool little accessories, you won’t be disappointed with the Harley-Davidson Livewire. It’s fast, it’s furious, it’s eminently reliable (not to say surprisingly elegant), and while it’s certainly not cheap, most of us will probably be prepared to overlook the price tag when we learn how it can jump from 0 to 60 mph in just three seconds and travel up to 140 miles on a single charge. If you want our advice, do as Electricmotorcycle.com recommends and lay your sights on one of these little babies – it might stretch the budget, but it’s more than worth the expense.
4. Kymco RevoNEX
Kymco has clearly put a lot of effort into perfecting its latest creation. The Kymco RevoNEX 2020 showcases the best of the brand’s previous releases, but with enough little tweaks and additions to make for something brand new and really, quite extraordinary. Offering excellent performance, it’s great for buyers who plan on putting their bike through the mill – not to mention anyone with a taste for top speeds of up to 62-124 mph.
3. Cake Kalk INK
Regardless of where you plan on using the Cake Kalk INK, you’ll find it a very comfortable, very versatile ride. As suited to rough terrain as it is to smooth, it’s perfect for people who intend to take their bikes off the beaten path. It’s sturdy, it’s stable, and with a starting price of just $11,000, it’s eminently affordable. It’s not as powerful as some of the bigger beasts on the market, but given the scarcity of electric bikes that can handle rubble as well as pavement, it’s still very worthy of consideration… and very obvious why so many people have been lapping it up since it was released in June this year.
2. Lightning Strike
Just missing out on pole position is the Lightning Strike from Lightning Motorcycles. A lightweight dream of a bike that comes complete with a 150-mile range, 35-minute charge time, 150 mile-per-hour top speeds, a very affordable price point, and, last but not least, the hearty recommendation of hiconsumption.com, this is most definitely one to add to the wish list.
1. Zero SR/F
When Top Speed names an electric motorcycle the best in its class for 2020, who are we to disagree? Especially when that bike is quite as handsome (not to mention hard-working) as the 2020 Zero SR/F. If you associate riding a motorcycle with aching legs and a sore behind, prepare to be pleasantly surprised – the Zero SR/Fmight be built for speed, but it’s not coming up short in the comfort stakes either. Expect to get top speeds of up to 124 mph, a nice complement of accessories (including USB charging ports, LED lighting, storage space, a fly screen, and even heated grips), plus a supremely comfortable ride – what more could you want?