In the last few years, hybrid and electric technology, has become the latest trend to hit the automotive sector, with most of the major manufacturers and many new tapping into this clean and advanced future.
The bike industry is slowly dabbling in this trend with what feels like a big air of caution.
Very few of the major OEM’s appeared to be pushing electric bikes at EICMA.A lot of the recent development of battery technology seems to have come from small start up companies.
There were numerous electric scooters which are well suited for electric power. The wide variety offered everything from retro looking scooters to the ones that clearly showed off their eco friendliness and innovativeness.
Some of the scooter manufacturers also offered a glimpse into their motorcycle endeavours with the Super Soco bike and KRC Motors Evoluzione. The Super Soco bike had one of the more interesting design with fairings fully covering the battery giving it a clean, futuristic look.
Two up and coming electric motorcycle brands, Energica and Zero, unveiled their new lines at EICMA 2016 however design has not changed significantly from the previous year.
Energica’s Ego sport bike and Eva street fighter were the latest models from the Italian brand. Apart from the lack of exhaust pipes it’s not instantly obvious that these are electric bikes. The fairings cover more area than ICE bikes usually do but some of the battery is still exposed partly for cooling and partly to display it’s electric heritage.
Energica Esse on the other hand loses all of the lower fairings to fully expose the battery beneath.
Zero also seemed to focus on the internal changes rather than styling for their new models apart from introducing new colour choices.
Another electric bike manufacturer Brammo, recently bought by Polaris, also stuck to their old design this year. Proudly showing off its battery the bike is instantly recognised as electric.