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Dream of hitting the highway on two wheels, with no tailpipe pollution? An electric motorcycle could meet your needs for fun, exhilarating transportation.
The Alta Redshift SM.
The Alta Redshift MX.
The Energica EVA.
The EGO and EGO 45 are true superbikes, at an 150 mph top speed and 0-to-60 mph acceleration in 3 seconds.
The Zero DS, dual-sport.
The Zero FX.
The Zero SR.
The Brutus V9.
The Brutus 2.
The Brutus V2 Rocket.
The Johammer J1.150 & 200.
The Lito Sora.
Carving up the twisties with the EGO 45—a true Italian superbike.
The Alta MX charges up for another run in the dirt.

Built-to-Order E-Motos

Brutus Motorcycles

The initial, circa 2010 Brutus one-off custom bike spawned a lineup of variations—the Brutus V2 Rocket, Brutus V9, Brutus 2, and Brutus 2 Café. Under the original name Bell Custom Cycles, the small team put together a few contracts for custom projects, attracted investors, and is in the process of developing a new homologated model.

The bikes fill a void in electric motorcycle availability—the large cruiser, suiting riders who want a comfortable machine with longer range (a little more than 200 miles). Bell has a handful of bikes on hand, and is ready to custom-build on demand.

In today’s world of mass-production, the chance to buy a custom-built product is rare. The Bell bikes can be tailored to a rider’s tastes, even to the point of custom-designing the fit of the chassis to the rider’s physique. Like any handmade product, the fit and finish reflects the builder’s care and craftsmanship. The downsides? It’s not something you can buy on-demand, and you’ll pay a premium for it. 


An interesting aspect of the electric motorcycle industry’s evolution was the rethinking of motorcycle design. The electric drivetrain presented an opportunity to start from scratch, covering everything from front suspension and vehicle control strategies to basic frame design. Many never made it past the concept stage. Several, built as prototypes, remained as one-off prototypes like the MissionR (only one powered bike existed) and the Vectrix Superbike. Among the oddest bikes built have persisted and are available through a limited European dealer network—The Johammer J1.150 and J1.200.

Designed around a stressed battery box (but just short of a monocoque frame), an in-wheel motor and controller combination, and a unique front suspension and body design, the performance is modest, at best. The Johammer in either configuration is probably more for the rider looking to turn heads and possibly own a bit of history, than a biker looking to replace their gas machine.

Lito Sora

Canadian Lito Sora is positioning itself as the “first luxury electric superbike”—with a fully homologated product yet no apparent dealer network in Canada nor the United States. The $77,000 price for the base model and $104,000 for its Signature Series bikes certainly put them in the luxury market, but the machines’ specifications and performance don’t really back that up. Nor do the bikes qualify for superbike status. With a 120 mph top speed and a 120-mile claimed range, the bikes would be hard-pressed to hold their own against the 2017 Zero SR with the optional Power Tank. The site claims a delivery list due to an overwhelming response (to the higher-priced Signature Series model, no less) and an order requires a $10,000 deposit.

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