Since we rode the fantastic Vectrix Electric Maxi-Scooter last year, we’ve been excited by the potential of electric bikes and what they have to offer, particularly around town. Beyond the zero-emissions environmental benefits, electrics are very cheap to run, maintenance free and their power and range are limited only by battery technology, which is improving exponentially now that gas prices worldwide are driving research into alternatives.
So it’s good to see a few front-runners hitting the market early - and this fully electric GPR-S from Electric Motorsport looks like a snappy little commuter. Rated at 19 Horsepower, the GPR-S’s electric motor will take the bike to a top speed of 60-70mph depending on gearing - so freeway speeds should be fine - and its 3.3kWh battery pack is good for 35 miles if you’re flogging it or 60 if you’re riding to conserve battery.
The standard onboard charger takes 4 hours to top the battery up, but an optional speed charger takes that down to 1.5 hours. It’s a fairly traditional bike to look at - rather than mounting the engine in a wheel hub, it’s mounted in a more traditional spot in the frame and the rear wheel is driven by chain.
For US$8,000, you can certainly have more fun on a Triumph Street Triple, but then that’s hardly progressive thinking, is it? What you’re getting is something akin to a semi-naked Honda CBR125R, but with no more fuel bills. More pics follow.leave a response, or trackback from your own site.