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Speed, Power and Sustainability: The Must-Have Electric Motorbikes for 2021

While electric cars are becoming more and more common, the rise of the electric motorbike seems to be a little slower. However, they are gaining traction.

As electric vehicles cement themselves as the future of transportation, the two-wheeled variety is now a more viable option. Bikers are no longer being left behind – the best electric motorcycles require almost no maintenance, have zero emissions and provide all the power, speed and thrills of their petrol-powered cousins.

With iconic brands like Harley Davidson plugging into the electric motor market, the best electric motorbikes of 2021 are some magnificent machines.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire

You know an electric motorbike means business when it’s created by legendary brand Harley Davidson. The exciting concept became a reality in August of 2019 when the Harley-Davidson LiveWire hit the market. A sleek exterior covers the well-built motor and a 4.3-inch touchscreen display keeps you up to speed online.

Enjoy all the sustainability without sacrificing on stats, the powerful 15.5 kWh battery accelerates the speedy bike from 0-100kph in 3 seconds and up to 153 kph. A single charge gets you a decent range of 234 km and the price start from just over A$40,000.

Tarform

Who said electric bikes aren’t luxurious and bespoke? Inspired by classic café racers, the Tarform electric bike is sleek and stylish and heavy on customisable features and built-in smart functions. Far more than a casual cruiser, this bike is in touch with its surroundings. The bike delivers health metrics, maintenance notifications, and more through its AI systems and haptic signalling. A futuristic machine for tech-savvy riders, the bike also has some serious stats – a top speed of 145 kph, 0-100 kph in 3.8 seconds and an 80 per cent charge time of 50 minutes. The price starts from just under A$32,500.

Energica Eva Ribelle

Proof that electric bikes can be just as stylish, if not more so, than their gas-guzzling counterparts. The dynamic styling is a head-turner on the road but the eye-catching machine is also no slouch. An updated battery allows a range of 400 km with an 80 per cent recharge time of 42 minutes. Top speed is reached around 200 kph and 0-100 kph is handled in 2.8 seconds. The builders of the electric motorbike also produce pieces for F1 so it’s no surprise the bike is high on technology – keyless ignition, cruise control, traction control, and ABS are all included. Prices for this sleek machine start from A$37,400.

Lightning LS-218

If you’re after the exhilarating thrill of a speed bike with the sustainability of electricity, it has to be the Lightning LS-218. True to its name, the fastest electric motorcycle of 2021 will launch you to 100 kph in 2.2 seconds and up to an astonishing 346 kph. Built solely for speed, the base model comes with a 380V 12 Kw/h battery pack with two high-performance upgrades options. The award-winning motorbike comes with a price tag of just over A$52,000.

Damon Hypersport Premier

Canadian company Damon is a specialist in electric bikes. Its Hypersport Premier is the most high-end bike it produces. Billed as one of the safest electric bikes on the market, the Premier features an AI co-pilot safety system that alerts riders to potential dangers via a 6-inch LCD screen. The comprehensive system includes cameras, radars, and non-visual sensors that are constantly assessing the bikes surroundings. All this technology doesn’t harm performance – the Premier gets to 100kph in 3 seconds, reaches a top speed of 321kph and has a range of 321km. The starting price – just below A$34,000.

If you care more for electric cars, check out the Porsche Taycan – sports car performance meets electric sustainability.

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