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Zero electric motorcycles pulls plug

The biggest electric motorcycle company, Zero of California, has pulled out of Australia and Asia, citing unfavourable exchange rates and taxes. However, they promise to continue owner support through distributor GBT Imports who took over in 2013 after the first importer pulled out in 2010. Current (‘scuse the pun) Australian Zero …

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BMW calls for low emissions ‘carrots’

Tax incentives, import subsidies and/or charging infrastructure are needed for Australia to catch up with the rest of the world on low-emissions vehicles, says BMW Group Australia boss Marc Werner. “I call on Mr Turnbull and the Federal Government to action a robust policy to import low-emission vehicles,” he says. While …

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Honda and Hitachi electric bike?

Honda has signed a deal with Hitachi Automotive Systems to develop and make motors for electric vehicles. While the Memorandum of Understanding doesn’t specify electric motorcycles, Honda has already confirmed it will have the EV-CUB electric scooter (pictured above) available from 2018. The move by the world’s largest motorcycle company …

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Electric vehicles break range barriers

The biggest barriers for electric motorcycles are range and recharging times, but now a couple of achievements are set to break those barriers. A Dutch university team called STORM (pictured above) has completed an 80-day World Tour with its electric motorcycle and Spanish renewable energy company Acciona has finished this …

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Ducati Zero electric design concept

If Ducati ever builds an electric motorcycle, it could look like this Ducati Zero futuristic design concept from the Milano Scuola Politecnica di Design (Design Polytechnic School). [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2LfHHuMKX4?feature=oembed&w=640&h=360] Design students Bart Heijt, Fernando Pastre and Raquel Villani came up with this design for an electric-powered Ducati in a collaborative project …

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Electric Audi SUV coming 2018

Audi’s E-tron Quattro concept, originally paraded at 2015’s Frankfurt Motor Show, will definitely go into production in some form during 2018, and the fully-electric SUV will simply be called the E-tron, bypassing the brand’s typical letter, number approach to model names. Quattro This is according to Audi board member Dr …

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All Electric Vespa Elettrica coming 2017

It seems that pretty much everything with wheels is going electric recently and the plug-in revolution continues  through the bike market with this: the Vespa Elettrica. To be honest we’ve had electric scooters before, but the Vespa Elettrica marks the first time that the iconic Italian brand has ventured into …

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Good, bad and ugly of electric motorcycles

Lately there has been a flurry of good, bad and ugly electric motorcycles and scooters from motorcycle manufacturers, boutique designers and non-traditional motorcycle companies. It’s mainly a result of this being the season for motorcycle shows in the northern hemisphere in places such as Cologne, Milan, London, LA and New York. These …

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