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Which Electric Motorcycle Gets the Best Mileage?

How many miles can the new Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle go?

Now that the Motor Company has unveiled its new battery powered motorcycle, a lot more people are talking about the future of electric bikes. But is an electric motorcycle practical? Here’s a look at the various electric motorcycles on the market now…

Harley-Davidson Livewire

While still in development stage, Harley claims it’s electric motorcycle has a range of 53 miles on a full charge from its lithium-ion battery.  It charges in 3.5 hours from a 220 volt outlet.  The LiveWire is said to deliver 74 horsepower and 52 foot-pounds of torque with a top speed of 92 mph.  It actually has more horsepower and torque than the company’s own Iron 883.

It’ll do zero to 60 MPH in under 4 seconds.

2014 Brammo Empulse R

Brammo claims a combined range of 80 miles city and highway.  It actually gets a longer range of 128 miles in the city due to increased braking generating more power.  Likewise, full highway riding nets only 58 miles.  The Empulse R cranks out 54 horsepower and 66 pounds of torque.  It has a claimed top speed of 110 MPH.  The Empulse R will charge to 100% in about 3.5 hours.

Price tag: $19,000.00

2014 Zero S ZF 11.4

The flagship bike of Zero Motorcycles, it has a claimed range of 105 miles, combined.  All city riding increases to 137 miles due to regenerative braking, while all highway riding decreases to 85.  The Zero S ZF 11.4 cranks out 54 horsepower with 68 foot pounds of torque, and a top speed of 95 MPH.  It charges fully in about 7.9 hours.

Price tag: $15,000.00

2014 Lightning Superbike

Boasting as the world’s fastest electric motorcycle, the Lightning offers three battery options of 12kwh (100-120 miles), 15kwh (120-150 miles), and 20kwh (160-180 miles).  The Lightning cranks out 200 horsepower at 168 foot pounds of torque, with a top speed of 218 MPH.  It charges fully in 30 minutes on a quick charger, or 2 hours on a level 2 charger.

Price tag: $38,888.00

2014 Mission R

Based on its Mission RS technology that claims to outperform gasoline powered superbikes, the Mission R offers three batter options of 12kwh (105 miles), 15kwh (120 miles), and 17kwh (140 miles).  The Mission R cranks out 163.2 horsepower at 133.4 foot pounds of torque, with a top speed of 140 MPH.  It will fully charge in 1 hour at 220V, or 10 hours at 110V.

Price tag: $32,499.00

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