Motorcycle sales in Europe are finally on the rise again, up 7.2%, but it seems Europeans are more keen to plug into electric bikes with registrations up a massive 49%.
Two of every three electric two wheelers sold are urban-oriented electric pedal-assisted mopeds and scooters. Electric motorcycles are still only one in four, but growing. The rest are electric quad bikes.
This significant growth in electric motorcycles was mirrored by the presence of an array of weird and wonderful electric bikes at the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne last week.
Some were clearly targeted at sharing duties, rather than outright ownership, others were only for commuting and some were for electric-assisted recreation duties such as mountain biking.
In the Italian company’s first visit to the biennial German motorcycle show, the Ego Corsa took centre stage.
It is powered by a synchronous oil-cooled motor with permanent magnets, maximum continuous power of 120kW, 200Nm of torque, a 0-100km/h time of less than 2.8s and a top speed up to 270km/h (168mph).
Ego Corsa does not have a gearbox or a clutch. Everything is regulated by the ride-by-wire system.