The end of internal combustion engine-powered vehicles is near. Last year, Germany voted to ban such vehicles by 2030, and this year, the UK government announced to ban the sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.
But the future seems bright. In the four-wheel category, Elon Musk leads with his innovative Tesla brand, and in the two-wheel world, there are a lot of manufacturers looking towards futuristic tech.
But the future is bright. In the four-wheel world Elon Musk is leading the way with his innovative Tesla brand, and over here in the two-wheel world there are a host of different manufacturers all looking to the future
Here are the best electric bikes of 2017.
Energica Ego got the first ever MCN award for the Electric bike of the year, after an impressive performance on road and track. MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child competed in the 2017 TT Zero race on a standard Ego, crossing the line in seventh place.
The Zero S claims 30.6bhp and 79.7ftlb of torque. Well, that is not a surprising figure, but what’s interesting is the fact that the Zero is actually A1 Licence compliable, which means 17-year-olds can ride one on L-plates.
Vespa might probably make you think of classic scooters driven by polluting two-stroke engines. Recently at Milan Show, Vespa announced their own electric scooter, bringing the historic Italian brand into the 21st century. The Elettrica has a guaranteed range of 62 miles, which is more than enough in the city.
BMW Concept Link
So, this one hasn’t launched yet, but BMW already owns an electric scooter in the C Evolution and something like the Concept Link could be the next move.
The Super Soco is designed with urban movement in mind. A 16-year old can also ride it on a provisional licence, so it can’t surpass 30mph. The batteries are removable so you can charge them inside. It isn’t a handsome bike as others on the list, but it’s cheap and easy to use.