2019 Motorcycles Encyclopedia: The Electric Bikes Coming This Year
All the electric models coming this year.
Have you been able to keep track of all the new bikes coming in 2019? We haven’t—the list seems endless. There’s a little something new for everyone from sportsbikes and adventure bikes, to electric and classic models. This is where our little encyclopedias of new 2019 bikes come in handy! This is the list of 2019 electric models expected on the market.
Unveiled at EICMA, the Arc Vector brings the future of riding to 2019. The electric bike is a beast, boasting a 124 mph top speed, 138 electric horsepower, and a range estimated at up to 170 miles in the city. That’s not all that’s impressive about it.
The Vector is built on a monocoque structure rather than a traditional tubular frame, fitted with a carbon fiber wishbone front suspension, as well as a set of Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes. Any buyer of the Vector will also receive a specific helmet and riding jacket that communicate with the “intelligent” bike. The helmet features HUD, navigation, and a rearview camera, while the jacket communicates tactile information to the rider. For instance, obstacles are identified by a vibration or a gentle tap on the rider’s shoulder.
Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t—that is, if you have $117,000 to spare and manage to get your hands on one of the 399 units that are scheduled to roll out during the first year of production.
CSC City Slicker
What if you could get your hands on an electric bike for a little more than $2,000, would you board the electric train? If so, keep an eye out for California Scooter Company’s (CSC) City Slicker. The Grom-looking, Chinese-built model is a neat addition to CSC’s lineup, known for its funky, low-priced bikes built overseas by Zongshen using CSC specs and standards.
The City Slicker offers a respectable range of up to 62 miles in the city and can reach a top speed of 48 mph. The tank is a convenient storage compartment and even offers two drive modes to adapt the bike’s personality to the rider’s preference. For only $2,495, the City Slicker is a great addition to any garage, ideal for urban commuting.
Dutch company Etergo recently received a massive $11-million investment from an anonymous German automaker. Combined with the near-$6-millions it gathered via its crowdfunding campaign, it looks like the AppScooter is set for production!
The AppScooter can receive up to three batteries, which should offer an impressive range of up to 150 miles. If you don’t need all that range on a daily basis, two of the batteries can be removed and left at home or in the office to charge—the AppScooter will gladly run on only one, allowing you to swap and get a fresh charge every time you head out.
It also features a practical 60-liter storage compartment under the seat and will connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth to provide navigation displayed directly on the scooter’s screen.
The model is expected to come to the U.S., however not before another year or so. European pricing is set at €3,399 ($3,860). If that price survives exporting fees, we could end up with a very solid new electric scooter contender on the market.
Fly Free Smart Desert/Classic
California startup Fly Free is playing the vintage card to the max, from its Captain America-looking logo to its undeniably retro lineup of all-new electric bikes. In fact, earlier in 2018, the company released two of its projected three models: the Smart Desert and the Smart Café.
The current trends in motorcycle aesthetics and the names of the models are a dead giveaway as to what inspired the Smarts design. The Smart Desert is, of course, the scrambler off-roader with a look similar to the Husqvarnas ridden by Steven McQueen 60 years ago. The Smart Café is the road racer with the classic front and back cowls, clip ons, and flat tuck and roll saddle.
Both models are able to travel up to 50 miles (100 miles with the additional battery) and can reach a top speed of 50 mph. Fly Free’s third Smart, the “Old”, has yet to be unveiled. Pricing is expected to begin around $6,399.
Here’s one that took its sweet time crawling to the market, but after years of development, touring, testing, teasing, and ultimately losing a bit of the crowd’s interest, looks like Harley-Davidson Livewire should finally be ready.
The company has yet to release any relevant information regarding its first electric model such as battery capacity, range, output, price, etc. Harley went as far as to bring the bike to Milan to show the (rest of the) world without adding anything to what we already knew. Harley has been promising the model for four years now, so have they managed to keep up with the electric industry’s fast-paced competition or will it be already outdated by the time it comes out? We’ll find out in 2019.
We do know the model will be equipped with 7 riding modes, ABS, Brembo brakes, traction control, TFT display, and acceleration will be provided by the permanent magnet electric motor.
Super Soco TC Max
Chinese company Super Soco was also in Milan for the 2018 EICMA back in November. It was in town to show off its all-new TC Max, the TC’s brother on steroids. With a look that reminds of Honda’s Neo Sport Café concepts and a silhouette that screams “motorcycle” rather than “electric motorcycle”, the TC Max offers everything the entry-level TC offers, but better.
Electric range previously set at 50 miles (100 with two batteries) is now extended to 68 miles and top speed increases from 45 mph to 62 mph. The battery is a 72 Volt block able to produce 3.2 kWh of power, which translates roughly to 4 hp. The best part is that the TC Max price tag has been set at $5,100 which makes it easy to get on.
Super Soco’s electric lineup isn’t available in the US yet, but steps are being taken for the company’s product to come to the American market.
Tarform takes the environmental approach to a whole new level. Not only is its bike electric (of course), but the company uses 3-D printed components as well as biomaterials, aiming to reduce wastes. Who doesn’t want to encourage that?
The company plans on putting its new e-bike on the market by the late 2019. We’re hoping by then the model will receive a name. The design is obviously inspired by that café racer aesthetic with the flat tuck and roll saddle and pillion cowl. Other elements, such as the hexagonal handlebar, digital display with what looks like rider assist technology, and arc-reactor-like feature on the side of the battery give it a more modern flare.
The unnamed model is expected to offer a combined 75-mile range—there’s been no talk of a top speed just yet. Pricing for a regular unit is set at $18,000 while the collectors’ edition will set you back $28,000.
While the electric variant of the famous little Italian scooter has been available on the European market since October 2018, the U.S. is only getting it this year. The range of the Vespa Elettrica is estimated at 60 miles and power is rated at roughly 5 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. A full charge takes 4 hours.
The vintage little thing should be available here in April 2019 and pricing has been set at a steep $7,400.
If you think scooters are meant to be quiet little urban commuters that deliver on cuteness but not on performance, you might want to change that. Here’s the i300 to prove you are wrong about scooters. The electric two-wheeler is produced by UK-based Zapp (maybe that’s what inspired the scooter’s funky z-shaped silhouette?)
The i300 looks adorable, but beware of its bite: the electric little scooter is expected to do the Kessel Run (or in Earthly measurements, the 0 to 45) in 4.1 seconds thanks to a massive 432 lb-ft of torque for a 198 lb vehicle. It can reach a top speed of 60 mph and the removable battery makes charging super easy. The only downside? Range is rated at only 40 miles, which can be easily depleted if you plan on taking full advantage of all that torque.
The scooter goes for $7,100 which isn’t cheap and is currently limited to a few European markets, but we can expect the market to grow as units start rolling out in the spring.
Zero DS and DSR
Zero Motorcycles’ dual-sport-inspired models, the DS and DSR, are receiving a little power hike for 2019. The bikes are expected to be 8-percent faster and 35-percent more powerful. The entry-level DS keeps the same battery, however, the more powerful DS ZF 14.4 receives the same battery as the DSR which should increase its range to 200 miles (in the city).
The DSR, on the other, receives instead a few accessories upgrades which will include a windscreen, tank grip, hand guards, and a 12-Volt socket.
Zero S and SR
The street-friendly Zeros, namely the S and SR are also getting a boost. Like in the DS, the base model S also gets an 8/35-percent increase in speed and power while the bigger SZF14.4 receives a 10-percent range increase to now reach 223 city miles—the best range in the Zero family.
Check out images of each of these electric machines here at RideApart.