Auto manufacturers reveal new electric scooters and motorcycles
With half of youth currently driving a vehicle (and interest being particularly high among Gen Zs) auto brands are keeping sustainable design top of mind when attempting to appeal to young consumers. Beyond Tesla, Volvo is phasing out conventional engines, GM announced its 2019 all-electric car, and Porsche has said that up to half of its new cars will be EVs. Motorcycle manufacturers are likewise taking note, showcasing how sustainability can look as good on two wheels as on four.
The Piaggio Group, the Italian motorcycle company behind the Vespa, is Europe’s leading two-wheeler manufacturer with a total market share of 15.2%, accounting for 25.4% in the scooter sector alone. It recently revealed its all-electric model, the Vespa Elettrica, set to hit the roads in 2018. The silent, environmentally friendly vehicle will require four hours for a full charge with a guaranteed driving range of 100 km. The Elettrica will come in a special chrome grey finish with metallic reflections, around which customers can choose to cusomize a number of details in seven color variants.
Santa Cruz, California-based Zero Motorcycles is introducing new models as part of its 2018 lineup that will let riders charge their vehicles up to six times faster than other electric models. The company claims to have the highest power and energy density battery in today’s transportation industry, which for its size takes riders farther than competitive electric vehicles. The technology makes it possible to power up in about one hour, or two hours for larger batteries. The result is up to 103 miles of riding range for each hour of charging time.
Emerging electronic motorcycle maker Evoke unveiled its new Urban Classic model at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan earlier this month. The China-based company, which announced plans to expand beyond Asia and enter the U.S. and European markets earlier this year, partnered with manufacturing giant Foxconn, the maker of the iPhone, for the new model. Features include an improved headlight design, café racer mirrors, and a new seat made of “hand-stitched Tibetan leather.” The vehicle takes three hours to charge 80%, and a full charge gets riders 200km in range.