Electric motorcycles: These are the e-motorcycles of tomorrow

The nice thing is that you can rely on certain things in life. For example, that concept bikes from BMW Motorrad will eventually be on the road. Usually even in a very similar form.
That was the case with the Concept Link presented in 2017, which has been available as the BMW CE 04 since the beginning of this year. That was the case with the Concept R 18 presented in 2019, which is now available in four versions. And that could also be the case with the Vision DC Roadster, which the team led by BMW Motorrad design boss Edgar Heinrich showed in June 2019 – as a preview of what an electric motorcycle from BMW could look like, including a boxer look. (These 125cc e-bikes have more power than expected)

BMW plays with design fragments of the BMW R 1250 R in the E-Roadster.

In 2025, BMW Motorrad wants to electrify the first series. As early as 2023, the 15 hp fun bike CE 02 should complement the “Urban Mobility” range. “Every 18 to 24 months we will launch a new model with an electric drive,” promised Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, at the start of series production of the CE 04 in November 2021.

No electric travel enduros

The roadsters will make the e-start in the motorcycle segment. BMW’s top seller, the GS series, will only follow in the next step or the one after that. For the foreseeable future, it makes no sense to convert large travel enduro bikes to electricity. No interest from the clientele – there are no charging stations in the desert and in no man’s land – and therefore also not from the manufacturers.


No experiments? The Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS is initially providing the design for the British company’s new e-platform.

Roadsters, on the other hand, are mostly used on shorter routes and in the catchment area of ​​charging stations. Harley-Davidson has presented the now independent sub-brand LiveWire. Zero Motorcycles from California and Energica from Italy have long been exclusively building electric motorcycles. Now it’s up to the premium manufacturers to follow suit.

Triumph TE-1 with 180 hp

Triumph, for example, will complete the live test phase of its TE-1 electric prototype in late summer 2022. The demo bike then receives its final bodywork and paint finish in preparation for closed track riding and initial press testing.

Tarform Luna

Eye-catching battery block: The puristic Tarform Luna e-motorcycle will be launched in mid-2022.

At this point, the British also want to announce the final specifications, including battery performance and range. There is currently talk of a 15 kWh energy store and almost 180 hp (130 kW). This puts the E-Triumph on par with the performance athlete Speed ​​Triple 1200 RS in terms of power.

Development partners are specialists such as Williams Advanced Engineering (including battery pack, vehicle control unit) and the University of Warwick (final test simulation). “It has been really exciting to see the progress of the project. I am delighted with the results we have already achieved and the exciting preview of the potential electric future that lies ahead,” says Nick Bloor, CEO of Triumph.


Super73 has made a name for itself as an eBike manufacturer. The US manufacturer is now showing its first motorcycle concept. Launch as a scrambler or racer at the end of 2023.

Audi subsidiary Ducati is also powered. The Italians will provide the fleet for the MotoE racing series from 2023. As with MotoGP, motorsport experience should flow directly into the further development and, in this case, electrification of the Panigale and Monster series. In 2025, the first E-Ducati designed around a new electric drive could be on the road.

Outside of Europe, the Americans are particularly active when it comes to new motorcycle designs. Tarform from Brooklyn, New York, e.g. B. recently opened the online order books for the avant-garde e-racer Luna. The down payment of the equivalent of 460 euros (total: from 22,700 euros) can be made using ApplePay. New motorcycles, new ways. You can rely on that too.

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