EV Comparison: Freeway Capable Production Electric Motorcycles

All information is a snapshot taken in June 2010 and is subject to change without being updated here. Concerns and missing information is highlighted in yellow. All bikes are street legal, are eligible for the 10% federal plug-in rebate and may be eligible for the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program. Updated 6/27/2010.

Parameter        
Make BRAMMO Electric Motorsport Vectrix Zero
Model Enertia GPR-S VX-1 S
Style street motorcycle street motorcycle scooter off-road motorcycle with street tires
Number of seats 1 2 2 1
Integrated storage space, cubic feet none none 1.6 standard,
3.2 with optional top case
none
Payload, pounds 276 275 423 302
Curb weight, pounds 324 285 515 273
Gears single single single planetary with low speed electronic reverse single
Acceleration ? ? 0-50 MPH in 6.8 seconds ?
Top speed, MPH 60 70 68 67
Range, miles 42 average 35-60 35-55 up to 50
Charge time on 120V 15A circuit, hours 4 4 standard,
1.5 optional (requires 30A circuit)
2.5 4
Charge time on 240V 30A circuit, hours ? ? 2.5 4
List price $7,995 $8,500 $10,500 $9,950
Warranty, years ? ? 2 2
Estimated battery life 2000 deep cycles 2000 deep cycles 10 years 1700 deep cycles
Consumption rate, DC Watt-hours per mile 74 average 55-94 67-106 >=80
Approximate cost to charge per mile estimate, assuming $.13 per AC kilowatt hour and 90% charge process efficiency $.01 $.01 $.01-.02 >=$.01
Traction batteries 3.1 kWh Valence LiFePO4 3.3 kWh Hi Power LiFePO4 3.7 kWh NiMH 4 kWh Li Ion
Peak motor power, HP 17 19 28 ?
Peak motor torque, ft-lb 29 ? 48 ?
Motor type Brushless DC Permanent Magnet Brushed DC Permanent Magnet Brushless DC Permanent Magnet Brushed DC Permanent Magnet
Torque transfer chain chain hub motor chain
Regenerative braking no no yes no

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