In October, the UK introduced new incentives for electric motorcycles and scooters, similar to its plug-in vehicle program for cars.

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

BMW C evolution (94 Ah)

Up to £1,500 (more than $1,800 USD) is available per purchase, but no more than 20% of the total purchase cost will be available for bikes that meet requirements of qualification (which can be found here).

We note a few of the most important tidbits from the program:

  • Eligible mopeds must be able to travel a minimum of 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) between charges, while motorcycles 50 kilometres (31 miles)
  • Top speed of at least 40 km/h (25mph)
  • The vehicle must not use lead acid or silicone lead acid traction batteries
    • 2-year unlimited mileage vehicle warranty (guarantee)
    • 3-year or 30,000 km battery or fuel cell and electric drive train warranty, with the option of extending the battery warranty for an extra 2 years or 20,000 km
  • Vehicles must have either a minimum 5-year warranty on the battery and electric drive train as standard or extra evidence of battery performance to show reasonable performance after 3 years of use.
With £3.75 million of funding, UK will subsidy no less than 2,500 bikes.

Energica Ego 45

Energica Ego 45

Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) thinks this should help make electric vehicles and travel more affordable for many people:

“This opens the door to zero emission transport to people who have not been able to afford electric cars, which tended to have been a ‘lifestyle choice’. Motorcycles and scooters are an extremely accessible form of electric transport and have the capacity to significantly reduce congestion, since they share all the advantages of riding a regular powered two wheeler.  Riders can filter through traffic, often use bus lanes and usually get closer to their end destination, cutting door to door journey times.

“Motorcycles are exempt from congestion charges with ‘fuel’ costing the equivalent of a penny a mile and nothing to pay for vehicle tax, plus cheaper or free parking. Switching to an electric motorcycle or scooter could result in huge savings for the average commuter, or for businesses which operate fleet vehicles.”