Best Electric Motorbikes 2023 - by 'driving electric'
Here we have the best Electric Motorbikes of 2023 by the 'driving electric' website and have concentrated on the brands we sell.
Zero SR/S – from £23,995
Zero is the Tesla of motorcycles. Like Elon Musk's personal project, it's American, an electric-vehicle pioneer, and has been going for quite a while now, starting off in 2006. And like Tesla, Zero has managed to steal a march on the mainstream rivals. The Californians offer a whole range of road, off-road and dual-purpose machines, even a touring version complete with full luggage!
The company is moving away from its dirt bike roots, launching the naked SR/F and sports-touring SR/S, with the latest addition SR/X (gunning for the big ‘adventure bike’ market dominated by bmw) unveiled last year.
Batteries range from the long-running 14.4kWh unit to 15.6 and 17.3kWh in the SR series. The SR/S claims a range of 90 'highway' miles (i.e. at 70mph) and 180 miles in town. Charging at 6kW will be slow, but perfect for those with a home wallbox; these smallish batteries don't take too long to top up.
Regardless, Zeros are fun bikes to ride – they handle well with decent brakes and suspension – the smaller bikes can top 90mph, with over 120mph from the more powerful SR/S. We bought a secondhand Zero DS in 2020 and can confirm that all those road test superlatives are true – the instant torque gives an exhilarating ride, the bike handles well and certainly turns heads (everyone seems to know it's electric). Take it easy, and a range of 100-120 miles is realistic.
Super Soco TC Max – from £4,399
Super Soco – isn't that a great name? – claims to be the top-selling electric motorcycle in the UK, and importer Vmoto is probably right. It's a neat little thing, originally launched as a moped (so restricted to 28mph) but with the 125cc-equivalent TC Max added in 2019.
This one can top 60mph and has enough oomph to cope with main roads out of town – claimed range is 60 miles if you stick to urban running, so long trips are out, but the Super Soco is as easy to ride as any electric scooter and its motorcycle style is a real bonus. Other nice touches are belt drive (for minimal maintenance), keyless ignition and anti-theft location alert. If you can cope with a 28mph top speed, the basic TC version costs just £2,449 after the grant.
Horwin CR6 – from £4,999
The Horwin CR6 is a stylish little bike with a retro café racer flavour about it. Like the Super Soco, it’s the equivalent of a 125cc petrol bike, fitting into the A1 class which allows novice riders to get on the road without taking the full motorcycle test. The 6.2kW motor gives a top speed of 59mph, the battery is a small 3.8kWh job, and the company claims what it calls a ‘realistic range’ of 60 miles. Charging is slow, via standard three-pin plug, but at least that means that the Horwin can charge just about anywhere. The importer is Artisan Electric, which has been selling electric scooters in the UK for nearly ten years – always a good sign.
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Thanks to https://www.drivingelectric.com/ for the article.