Harley-Davidson Scooter small

Harley-Davidson goes small in 2020

The world’s most iconic big-bike manufacturer, Harley-Davidson, is thinking small for 2020 with the launch of a small-capacity motorbike in China, electric bicycles and an electric scooter. Baby Hog Last June Harley-Davidson announced plans for a joint venture with China’s Qianjiang to produce a motorcycle under their HD350 project, indicating a 350cc engine. However, it …

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Niu RQi Carry battery inside to charge

Carry electric bike battery inside to charge

One of the problems with electric motorcycles is finding somewhere to charge the battery, but a Chinese company believes the answer is in removable batteries you can carry inside to a power point for charging. Removable batteries could be a way forward for electric motorcycles and scooters with several Japanese and Chinese companies now using …

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BMW sidestand charger patent drawing

BMW Motorrad plans sidestand charger

BMW Motorrad has filed a patent for a sidestand charger that looks like it belongs to an electric motorcycle, lending more weight to an electric future. It follows a patent application last month for a frameless electric motorbike with the motor and battery making up the bulk of the frame. These patent applications seem to give a …

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BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster electric boxer electromobility

BMW announces electromobility milestone

BMW Group has announced an electromobility milestone of one million electrified vehicles on the roads by the end of 2021. However, electric BMW motorcycles are still some way off, according to BMW Motorrad spokesman Tim Diehl-Thiele. The electromobility milestone was announced by board chairman Oliver Zipse at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show claims BMW was …

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HET electric motor

HET electric motor doubles output

In a major advance for electric vehicles, in particular motorcycles, a Texas company has produced the Hunstable Electric Turbine (HET) motor that is quieter, cooler, cheaper, smaller yet has double the torque output. HET claims Linear Labs’ HET motor is named after founders CEO Brad Hunstable and his father and CTO Fred. The Hunstables claim their …

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Storedot battery charges in 5 minutes

Battery charges electric scooter in 5 minutes

Israel company StoreDot has produced a lithium-ion battery that charges an electric scooter in five minutes. It is one of the latest developments, along with battery swap technology, that could accelerate the acceptance of electric motorcycles and scooters in coming years. The StoreDot batteries do not contain graphite, a form of carbon. Instead, they use tin, …

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