The El Moto HR-2 Electric Bike
If you imagine the love child of a downhill racing mountain bike and a Brammo Powercycle I think you’ll end up with something very much like what’s pictured above. It’s called the El Moto HR-2, it’s built by two German engineers and is going on sale in July this year. The El Moto has a range of 70 km (44 miles), a top speed of 45 kmph (30mph) and a remarkably light weight of just 45 kilos (about 90 lbs). The bike was designed as a city based solution to a Vespa or Piaggo gasoline scooter and in Europe it’ll probably do very well straight off the bat, busy US cities could see this mode of transportation picking up momentum as well in the not too distant future (read: during the next gasoline price hike). The cost of the El Moto is $5,700 USD and that is expected to lower once production gets into full swing around the middle of next year.
A full tank of electrons is said to cost just 70 cents, a pretty attractive alternative to a tank of fuel depending on where you live. The El Moto seems to fit into small space between being a full fledged motorcycle and a bicycle, though it could be argued that the lack of pedals makes it more motor and less bike. With the cost of a new Brammo being $7,995 USD the El Moto HR-2 might just find a niche here although knocking $1,000 off the sticker price would probably go a long way towards encouraging sales, at the moment though they have novelty factor on their side and with Europeans going green faster than any other continent the El Moto will doubtless have a significant waiting list once it enters full production.