The early history is not clear, although patent applications were submitted in the late 19th century. The first trial was primarily intended for racetrack use, which used storage batteries in the rear wheels. Some of the first tried versions were used until the end of the Second World War, taking advantage of the fuel rationing during the war. Later on, prototypes were developed and tried from the 1950s to the 2000s. Different companies have set out to work on improving and diversifying the available models from there till date. Other companies like Yamaha intend to enter the market shortly, following others like Piaggio, KMT, Terra Motors, Ather Energy, and VinFast.
Models and Reputable Manufacturers
Electric motorcycles, motorbikes, and scooters is an emerging market that’s just getting better. Different models are currently available, although they were manufactured recently. One such is the Harley-Davidson Livewire with a powerful 15.5kwh battery; the Brutus V9 has the highest range of about 280 miles on a single charge. The fastest electric motorcycle is the Lightning LS-218, with a top speed of 218mph. Other fast models are not approved for road use, and neither are OEM motorcycle parts readily available. Some of the best manufacturers include Harley-Davidson LiveWire, Arc Vector, Lightning LS-218, and Energica Ego.
Performance and Viability
Electric motors with long-lasting batteries power these bikes. Another prime priority key consideration is speed and performance. Some brands are incredibly efficient and can go from 0 to 60mph in less than 3 seconds and can last as long as 200 miles plus in a single charge depending on the use. The various types apply to different uses that riders opt for. Some models have exceedingly high speeds of as high as 200 plus mph. Generally, they have a relatively much lower operating cost than internal combustion fuel engines. The move is equally beneficial to the environment since they are nonemissive, thus applicable to global warming response initiatives.
Availability for General Users
In East Africa, most of the motorcycles are used as taxis due to economic and congestion pressure. For most urban youth, it is a remarkable source of self-employment. The transition from fuel-based motors to electric models can provide a better opportunity to maximize profits. The electric mobility’s launch was set in the UN Environmental Assembly and available in its assembly outlets. Presently, there’s a move to create general awareness and partnership with KPLC. The Ecoboda prototypes are equally scheduled for launch in early 2021 at an affordable price, although they have lesser engine capacity.