Top 10 Long-Range Electric Motorcycles Jun 3, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Electric motorcycles are growing in popularity with their sportiness and increasing range. These motorcycles save you money on gas and mean you don’t have to stop to refuel. Instead, you just charge them at home when necessary and enjoy your next trip. Because of this, many people want to know which electric motorcycle will go the furthest before they buy one. The longest ranges won’t always be accompanied by the most features, but they are still a great indication of quality and convenience.
Brutus V9 - 210 Miles
This full-size motorcycle is full of power and has the best range of any electric motorcycle. It proves that electric motorcycles can have just as much acceleration and performance as a gas-powered option. It has seating for two people and foot pegs to help you ride in comfort. The battery pack is either 18.8 kWh or 33.7 kWh. The first of these will give you 165 city and 125 highway miles; the second gets a truly impressive 280 city and 210 highway miles. To make the Brutus V9 even more impressive, the motor generates 125 horsepower and 227 pound-feet of torque. You can even get up to 115 mph with restricted gearing. Brutus also made the wheels with performance in mind, with a 21-inch front wheel and 16-inch rear wheel. The full LED and HID lighting ensure you are visible on any road. The Brutus V9 also has plenty of options, including a specialized vehicle for law enforcement agencies. If you’re looking for a classic motorcycle with a modern spin, the Brutus V9 is your best bet.
Lightning LS-218 - 180 Miles
The Lightning LS-218 is just as fast and powerful as its name implies. This is the fastest production motorcycle worldwide, including both electric and gas models. The Lightning can reach 218 mph with its high-speed fairing and gearing. Its sportbike design is no coincidence as it gives a hint of what this motorcycle offers. At the same time, the average range when at highway speed is 100 miles, but if you drive with more reserve, you can go 180 miles. To get this range, you will want to opt for the 380-volt 20 kWh battery pack. The 15 kWh version of the battery pack can go up to 150 miles while the 12 kWh version can go 120 miles. To help out, you can also program regenerative braking to recharge the battery slightly as you ride. The electric motor gives you 200 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 168 pound-feet of torque. Charging takes 120 minutes with a level 2 charger or just 30 minutes with an available DC fast charger.
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