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Electric cars are rolling off assembly lines.
The next wave could see more electric motor-bikes take to the streets.
Not small things – but machines capable of speeds to ruffle more than feathers.
The bikes have been around a few years now – handicapped by a lack of charging stations – limited range and slow recharge times.
These shortcomings are changing.
New battery technology means high-performance electric street machines are more than capable of footing it with their petrol-powered rivals.
The electric bikes win out in the emissions game and for those who live in quiet valleys where Harley riders shatter the weekend peace ebikes are disturbingly quiet.
Riders of the gruntiest electric machines compare their high-speed steeds to riding in a spaceship.
Electric bikes have lower maintenance needs – though still suffer in the distance stakes – causing some owners ‘range anxiety.’
Prices tend to be higher than conventional alternatives – but that could change with the signal that the German giant BMW is touting a high-performance bike – the eRR.
That little ‘e’ stands for ‘experimental’ which hints that there is more to come.
BMW’s motorcycle division sells an electric scooter – the C Evolution – but the road bike would be another step.
Where the industrial heavyweight holds useful cards is in its global sales network – which already promotes the i3 town car and the sporty i8.
The two-wheeled revolution is coming down the autobahn.