Electric motorcycles and scooters help the environment

February 5, 2009

Over the past two years, sales of small motorcycles and scooters rose rapidly as an economical transportation mode. The electric versions have been gaining grounds as well.

Electric motorcycles and scooters, the two or three wheeled vehicles that use electric motors for power, have been around as early as 1860’s (earliest references were found in patents). Today’s electric motorcycles combine the best aspects of a traditional gasoline-powered motorcycle with the most advanced technology available.

As with gasoline-powered versions, motorcycles and scooters require different skills to operate than cars. Safety is a great concern.

Getting to work or around town with zero carbon emissions may be an attractive option to the environmentally conscious. Measured on the U.S. electricity grid there are estimates that electric motorcycles release a fraction of the total carbon dioxide of a similar gasoline-powered comparable version.

Electric scooters are non-polluting and quiet, with ratings as high as 5000 watts of power, the eco-friendly street scooters are street legal and often classified as motorcycles. Recent new technology and greener lithium-ion battery systems enable the scooters to be lighter, faster and quicker to recharge.

Generally, an electric scooter is initially more expensive than a gasoline-powered model of similar capabilities. According to the Consumer Reports electric motorcycles cost about 2-3 times than comparable gasoline-powered models, where most of the cost is in the batteries. Like every electric vehicles, electric motorcycles and scooters require hours of recharging after every ride.

Electric scooters prices start as low as $ 200 and up. Electric motorcycles cost from about $ 3000 up to $ 12,000, however most qualify for federal plug-in vehicle tax credit, a sales tax deduction, and state based incentives.

Motorcycles and scooters are an efficient way to get around town, run errands, avoid parking hassles, and get to work, when weather permits. Professional instruction and a license are a must for new riders. All riders are required to wear protective gear and registration and licensing laws vary by state.

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