An average motorcycle gets about double the mileage of even the most fuel efficient cars but the downside is that they emit about 15 times more pollution than an average four-wheeler. Ecofriendly motorcycles have been in vogue for quite some time now and are a big hit among environment lovers. If you are crazy about two-wheelers but at the same time are looking for the best environmentally benign products, then hit the break for a list of the 10 best ecofriendly motorcycles.
• Mission One electric motorcycle
This creation by Mission motors claims a top speed of 150 mph. The power source is a high energy lithium-iron battery pack providing a range of 150 miles per charge. Launched in April 2009, the tailpipe had been eliminated, adding the features of silence and zero carbon emissions.
· Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle
This cool-looking aluminum-extruded two-wheeler weighs only 280 pounds and is an entry level ride both for experts and beginners. Its premium design is targeted toward the eco-luxury segment. It runs on lithium-phosphate power cells, which remains good for about 3 hours and provide a range of 45 miles per charge.
• Zero MX from Zero Motorcycles
Weighing a mere 151 pounds, this is a new creation by Zero Motorcycles in the electric motocrosser segment. The silent bike makes riding possible in areas off-limits due to noise restrictions. The motorcycle uses the typical lithium-ion battery good for 2 hours or 40 miles and takes less than 2 hours to charge.
• Piaggio MP3 125 Hybrid
It is the world’s first production hybrid motorcycle. It combines a conventional 125cc four-stroke petrol engine with an electric motor driving the rear wheel with a rechargeable battery. Thus you can run it as electric only giving it a top speed of 35 km/h, regenerative mode and hybrid power mode, which is more useful on busy streets. The battery is compact and recharges in about an hour and a half.
• Modified Kawasaki ZX
You too can get your bike modified into a more environmentally benign version just like Jason and Jeremy Cantwell did. They got their Kawasaki ZX retrofitted with a hydrogen/gasoline hybrid engine. To add to it, the engine still yields a good 170hp besides doubling its mileage. To keep the weight of the bike to a minimum the body was made from lightweight carbon fiber and the weight of the wheels was also less. This modified beauty was launched in November 2008.
• E1pc by MotoCzysz
The feature that qualifies this motorbike to be called a dream machine is its hot swappable lithium battery pack. This power source gives the bike a top speed of 150mph on a single-speed gear box and 175mph with its multi-speed gear system. The framework is made up of aluminum and carbon fiber. The 150ft-lb motor yields 115hp. Most of all, the look is a treat to the eyes.
• TTX01 superbike
The 2008 NEC Bike Show unveiled the electric TTX01 superbike, which shatters the myth that silent bikes are sluggish. Based on a Suzuki GSX750 frame, it carries 43bhp electric motors. The motors propel the bike from standstill to 60mph in a record time of 3.5 seconds. Its top speed can go up to 150mph, but like all superbikes, this one too comes for a hefty price of £20,000.
Bull 1 by Evolt
With a top speed of 55mph, the Bull1 features both good performance and a decent range. It runs on lithium-polymer batteries, which give it a two-hour run time. Charging time is one hour and is done through a custom charging device.
• Yahama Tesseract concept
This concept hybrid by Yamaha is a combination of a V-twin engine and an electric motor. This four-wheeled bike retains the lane splitting and parking ease of a standard bike, to quite an extent. Besides, it comes with a mechanism to keep it upright when parked or stopped.
• 2009 VX-1 by Vectrix Electrics
This new avatar of the Vectrix Personal Electric Vehicle comes in four new vibrant colors, new accessories and graphics. With a top speed of 62mph, it has a range of 35-55 miles. With two seat options- standard and lower, it has a standard kickstart. The 2009 VX-1 is clean, quiet and a beauty.