Shell and Waitrose get balls deep in electrification
Shell, who are getting cosily tucked up in bed with Waitrose, have announced they are kitting 100 Waitrose shops out with Shell Recharge stations, capable of charging electric cars and bikes. Shell, who’s role in perpetuating global warming could be argued until the cows come home, are obviously trying... Read more
Hybrid motorcycles | Will it ever happen?
Hybrid cars are all the rage these days, aren’t they? And I can see why. You can achieve over 100mpg without worrying about running out of juice every five minutes. I’ve been lucky enough to have a go in a few, and they’re actually quite good; the best of... Read more
Zero Motorcycles launch new FXE
Zero Motorcycles, the self-proclaimed world-leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains have just revealed this, the new Zero FXE. The Californian bike brand are better known for the SR/F, SR/S and DSR models. All fully electric, and all actually quite good. This new one is their latest, A2 license friendly... Read more
BMW CE 04 | A new benchmark?
No, it’s not robot in disguise, it’s the new BMW CE 04. If you’re after an electric ‘ped that’ll turn heads for wrong/right (delete as appropriate) reasons, then it could be just the thing for you. As long as you don’t want to go too far. Or too fast.... Read more
Warwick Uni and Norton Motorcycles go green
Despite the indefinite postponement of the TT Zero, students at the University of Warwick are ploughing on with their plans to build ‘Frontier’, an electric race bike, with help from Norton Motorcycles. The machine they’re working on is said to produce 160kW, equivalent to about 201bhp, and a tarmac-tearing... Read more
Husqvarna go green with E-Pilen concept
Don’t panic, they’re not throwing all their eggs in to the zero-emissions basket just yet. In fact, Husqvarna aren’t putting many in the basket at all with the E-Pilen concept, but it’s a start. Details about the new concept are scarce as yet, but judging by the picture (and... Read more
Motorcycles of the future; what will they be like?
Since the invention of the very first motorcycle, nearly 150 years ago, they’ve been getting better and better and better. And although there’s liable to be a few flat-cap wearing coffin-dodgers that reckon the 60s, the 70s or the 80s were the golden age of motorcycles, I think most... Read more
Triumph TE-1; the electric bike we’ve been waiting for?
You may or may not have heard of Project Triumph TE-1. It’s a project that was publicised a little bit a few years ago, but since then, it’s been all quiet on the western front. Until today. That’s because the project, led by Triumph Motorcycles, in partnership with Williams... Read more
Electric bikes; Honda, Yamaha, KTM, and Piaggio change the game
This just in. Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio have all signed a ‘letter of intent’ for the creation of a Swappable Battery Consortium for Motorcycles and Light Electric Vehicles. This means four of the main motorcycle manufacturers will standardise batteries in their electric bikes, so that which ever bike... Read more
Electric motorcycles; is this the future?
I can remember standing at the start line of the 2011 IOM TT waiting for the start of the inaugural TT Zero race. It was the first ever TT for electric motorcycles. Although, I use the term ‘motorcycles’ loosely. You should have seen them; there were one or two... Read more
Husqvarna launches electric balance bikes
A ‘balance bike’ if you’re wondering, tends to be one of those little two wheeled wooden things that you see kids whizzing around Butlin’s on. They don’t have pedals or anywhere to put your feet, so they’re a great way to ruin a new pair of shoes. Until now.... Read more
2017 Zero SR Review | First Ride
Es are good. Unlike The Shamen’s 1992 smash hit, I’m not claiming ecstasy pills are good. No, I’m talking electric bikes, having recently sampled Zero’s SR at a cosy little press gathering in Surrey. Celebrating 11 years of existence and a resurgence in the UK with new dealers, Zero... Read more