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State of the Art 2020: Electric Motorcycle Racing

The inaugural season of MotoE just wrapped up a few weeks ago in Valencia, Spain, with the aptly-named Italian Matteo Ferrari taking the widely celebrated first-ever championship in the history of this all-electric racing series. It so very nearly wasn’t so, however– and as such, in this week of Thanksgiving, it seemed like a good time to look back at the state of electric motorcycling in 2019, and take some time, too, to look ahead to 2020 and see what might be looking forward to next year. So with that, here it is: the state of the art of electric motorcycle racing in 2019. 2019 MotoE Season Recap Remember that? The very first season of big-time electric motorcycle racing almost didn’t happen at all due to a massive fire that broke out the series’ pre-season test ...

11 Fastest Electric Bikes

In a nod to all you speed demons out there, we brought you this list of the 9 fastest electric scooters last month. Worry not electric bike enthusiasts, we didn’t forget about you. In an effort to make up for neglecting you for so long, we wanted to provide an even longer list. Here we present to you the 11 fastest electric bikes that you can buy right now. For purposes of this article, we will define “electric bike” as we have in the past as: a bicycle that gives the rider the option of using an integrated electric motor to assist with propulsion. All electric bikes must come with pedals, otherwise they can be classified as motorcycles or mopeds. Electric bikes use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to power the electric motor. 11. Karmic Koben – 28 miles per hour ...

5 Best Electric Bikes for the Money

Electric bikes have made monumental gains in popularity in recent years, as we noted here. An electric bike can be defined as a bicycle that gives the rider the option of using an integrated electric motor to assist with propulsion. All electric bikes must come with pedals, otherwise they can be classified as motorcycles or mopeds. Electric bikes use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to power the electric motor. Batteries range in size and power with smaller ones allowing the rider to reach speeds of 15 to 20 miles per hour, and larger ones up to 30 miles per hour or more. If you’re in the market, here are the five best electric bikes for the money. 5. EmioCycles Dual Power As the old saying goes: tiny electric bike, tiny price tag. Okay, so I just made that up. This cool, industria...

Rwanda Pushing for 3 Million Electric Motorcycle Taxis

Three million. It’s a big number, but it seems even bigger when we’re talking about three million motorcycles with unregulated emissions crammed together in a tight, hot, densely populated urban space. That’s the reality faced by regulators in Kigali, Rwanda, where the majority of that nation’s three million motorcycle taxi drivers live and work. But the people of Kigali may be breathing easier soon– literally!– thanks to a massive, nationwide shift away from traditional, petroleum-powered ICE motorcycles towards “e-mobility” and electric motorcycle taxis that hopes to see every one of those drivers move towards electrics in the coming years. “This may be the world’s first truly mass-market electric vehicle that’s cheaper and bett...

The 9 Fastest Electric Scooters

In addition to things that go fast, we here at enrg.io love our lists. We’ve written about the best electric scooters with seats for adults, and brought you some sick electric scooter tricks.Today we pose the question: what are the 9 fastest electric scooters that you can buy today? While some of the scooters on our list are designed for commuters and some for off-road use, we don’t really distinguish between types and styles. Here are the nine electric scooters that will get you there as fast as humanly possible: 9. Swagtron Swagger 5 Foldable Electric Scooter – 18 mph This folding, 26 pound little guy features a 250W motor that allows the rider to reach top speeds of up to 18 miles per hour. The Swagger 5 also comes with an app that allows the owner to monitor battery u...

Fonzarelli NKD – Electric Motorcycle from Down Under

The hottest segment in motorcycling right now isn’t big-bore adventure tourers or over-the-road sofas, it’s mini motos. Small, fun, agile, and lightweight motorcycles like the Honda Grom that don’t require too much investment and don’t themselves too seriously but still deliver in terms of fuel economy and practicality. Following close behind the growing popularity of these bikes, however, is the coming onslaught of electrics– but Australian EV builder Fonzarelli has beaten the big four to the punch with a new, fun, bite-sized electric motorcycle called the NKD. They’re billing it as, “Australia’s first locally designed, manufactured, and retail-ready emission-free motorbike,” and it perfectly captures a sort-of chunky, go-anywhere, urb...

The 5 Best All Wheel Drive E-Bikes

We brought you a list of the 7 best all-electric bicycles (e-bikes) under $1,000 here, and a list of the 5 best e-bikes under $500 here. Unfortunately for penny-pinchers such as myself, none of the e-bikes featured on today’s list would land on either of those lists. All wheel drive (AWD) e-bikes add front wheel drive to the already present real wheel drive found on most e-bikes, making them ideal for off-roading and beach riding. So break out your checkbooks and prepare to spend more on an e-bike than I spent on my first car, here are the 5 best AWD E-bikes! 5. Evo AWD Big Bud Pro – $3,499 The Big Bud Pro from Evo features 350W rear motor and a 250W front motor. This bike also comes with a high-quality LCD display and four different riding settings that the rider can change de...

How Long Does It Take to Charge an Ebike?

We’ve brought you a few different lists of awesome all-electric bicycles (ebikes) over the past few weeks. If you haven’t done so, I invite you to read these here and here. Today, we’re going to look at charging times for the various ebikes featured in these articles. For our purposes, we are going to assume that “ebike” means a bicycle that gives the rider the option of using an integrated electric motor to assist with propulsion, as we noted here.  A Bit of Vatriation All of the ebikes we have featured in our writings have a charge time of between 2.5 and 6 hours. The ebike with the longest charging time appears to be the Merax Aluminum at “5 – 6 hours.” The award for the shortest charging time goes to the Swagtron Classic at 2.5 hours. Thi...

Electric Bikes Under $500

We brought you 7 electric bikes (ebikes) under $1,000 here. Today we go even cheaper! If you’re a commuter on a budget, you owe it to yourself to check out this list of the 5 best electric bikes under $500. 5. EmioCycles Dual Power E-Bike Our first ebike is a tiny little bike with a tiny little price tag. Don’t let the Emiocycles Dual Power fool you however, it can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. This ebike can also travel up to 21 miles on a single charge. I really like the design of this bike, it has a very unique and almost industrial look to it. 4. Swagtron SwagCycle Classic E-Bike – $348.00 Swagtron’s Swagcycle is a winner and with a price tag of under $350, won’t break the bank. This little beauty can travel at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour ...

5 Best Electric Scooters for Kids

Yesterday we compiled a list of the 5 best electric scooters for adults that have seats. Later in the day we realized that many of you will have to also purchase an electric scooter for your kid(s) if you purchase one for yourself. I for one would not dream of purchasing something as cool as an electric scooter for me without also considering buying one for my children. After all, I would never hear the end of it. Fear not, we have you covered. Here are the five best electric scooters for kids that you can buy today. 1. Razor E300 Electric Scooter – $254.69 The hits just keep on coming from Razor. In addition to the EcoSmart model that they offer for adults, Razor’s smaller E models are designed for kids. The E300 features a handy kickstand, super-sized deck, and can run for up...

5 Best Electric Scooters With Seat for Adults

We here at enrg.io are big fans of all-electric transport. While our focus is electric cars, we also like to give a nod to smaller electric modes of transportation. As such, here is a list of the five best electric scooter for adults that allow the rider to sit while operating the vehicle. Enjoy! 5. Razor EcoSmart Metro Electric Scooter – $399.99 Razor became a household name after releasing their lightweight folding kick scooter. Come to think of it, I can’t name a single one of my kids’ friends that don’t own at least one. It turns out that Razor also makes electric scooters for adults! Their EcoSmart Metro is affordable, stylish, and can reach speeds of up to 18 miles per hour. I may have to pick one up for my uh…kids. 4. Currie Technologies e-Zip E750 Elec...

What Exactly Is an E-bike?

We brought you a list of seven e-bikes that you can get for under $1,000 last week. A few days later it dawned on me that we never bothered to define what exactly an e-bike is. How rude of us! Let’s take a look at what an e-bike is and how they work. E-bike Defined An e-bike is defined as a bicycle that gives the rider the option of using an integrated electric motor to assist with propulsion. In order to meet the strict definition, an e-bike must have pedals. Bikes without pedals are more correctly classified as motorcycles or mopeds. E-bikes utilize rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to provide assistance to the operator. Smaller batteries typically allow the rider to reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Larger and more high-powered batteries allow for speeds of up to 30 miles ...