Hello, Moto! The best electric motorcycles of 2022

Imagine: the wind rushing through your hair as you cruise,  streamlining down the highway; passers-by eyeing your sweet ride; no choking petrol fumes in your wake. And that’s just a teaser of what you’ll experience riding one of thebest electric motorcycles of 2022. Yes, electric sports bikes have come a long way, and they’re calling out for you to come along for the ride.

Whether you dream of open roads, never-ending horizons, and lush wilderness, or you have the more practical need of getting from A to B (who are we kidding, we mean home-to-office, of course)—there’s an electric motorbike on the market for you.

With huge innovations in eco-friendly transport (think electric cars, e-bikes, and the ubiquitous e-scooter), it’s no wonder that e-motorcycles have upped their design game, too. Providing low-noise, fume-free, and smooth-sailing journeys, what’s not to like? And of course, the planet will thank you. You can get your kids au fait early on with the great range of mini bikes and kid’s electric cars out there, too.

Naturally, everyone’s different and desires a different spec from their e-motorcycle. We’ve done the legwork for you and found the quickest-charging, longest-range, most powerful, and best budget electric motorbikes of this year, so you can take your pick. For style and speed with a sustainable spin, we’ve got it all.

Power, sleek design, and sustainability.

1. Damon Hypersport Pro: Best electric motorbike for range

The future of motorcycling: Canadian startup Damon has a bold claim for their electric motorbikes, but, perhaps, they have a point. Motorcycles are widely regarded as dangerous. With an impressive portfolio of truly innovative safety tech, Damon’s Hypersport Pro has also been called the safest electric motorcycle in the world.

It’s also one of the most practical. This electric motorbike has a claimed range of 200 miles highway + 300 miles urban driving, or 321 and 482 kilometers, respectively.

200 is a lucky number for this motorcycle: the Hypersport Pro can also reach a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).

More than range and stats, Damon has equipped the Hypersport Pro with a co-pilot safety system. By using a comprehensive system of cameras, radars, non-visual sensors, and AI to monitor the speed of the bike and the direction, speed, and velocity of everything moving around the motorcycle, the Hypersport Pro can be more aware than you are of your surroundings. If the AI co-pilot senses a collision, the bike will alert you via haptic vibrations in your grip, as well as visual warnings on a 6-inch LCD screen.

Safety, high-tech, high-speed, high-range. Sounds like the perfect electric motorbike to us!

Price: $24,995

Engine power: 160 kW – 214 Hp

Top speed: 321 km/h – 200 mph

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h – 0-60 mph 3 sec

Range: 482 km – 300 miles

2. Energica EGO+ / RS: Overall best electric bike in the world

All the pizzazz, speed, and power, without the harmful emissions? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, our need-for-speed friends, say hi to the Energica EGO+ / RS electric motorbike, giving petrol bikes a real run for their money.

Widely considered the best full-production electric sports bike available on the market today, the EGO+ / RS boasts a mammoth battery, supporting an out-of-this-world range of 261 miles (420 km). For perspective, that’s just shy of the mileage between Paris and London. Cool, right? Thanks to the new EMCE motor (new for 2022), the already-impressive range has increased by 10%.

And, not only will you travel far, but you’ll get there fast. Yes, with a max speed of 150 mph (240 km/h), you’ll be leveling with the Porsches on the highway. Just as good for zooming to work as it is for racing (safely, please), the Energica EGO+ / RS ticks every single one of our boxes a thousand times over.

Price: Starting at $26,000

Engine power: 126 kW – 171 Hp

Top speed: 240 km/h – 150 mph

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h – 0-60 mph 2.6 sec

Range: 420 km – 261 miles

3. Zero SR/S: Best value electric motorcycle

While the near-$20K price tag on this motorcycle doesn’t necessarily render it the cheapest of the bunch, the collection of features, impressive stats, and skillful manufacturing represented by the Zero SR/S make it a valuable buy for anyone looking for a good electric motorbike.

The previous model SR/F was a ‘halo product’ for Zero Motorcycles; the brand meant it to present the height of the company’s capabilities – and to lead the way for EV motorcycles of the future. As such, they poured all of their knowledge and expertise into it. This premium motorbike has a ZF15.6kWh lithium-ion battery, as well as a ZF75-10 enhanced thermal efficiency motor. This lends the bike class-leading power (as claimed by Zero Motorcycles) and extremely competitive range.

An acceleration of 0-60mph (0-100 km/h) of less than 3.5 seconds; a top speed of 124 mph (just under 200 kilometers per hour). Joining this bike’s impressive stats is instantly intriguing styling. The bike looks sleek and nimble, despite weighing slightly more than its predecessor at 518lb. And, its classic look lets this bike blend in with high-performance gas-powered bikes with ease. An electric motorcycle for sale below $20,000 is a great deal too.

Price: $19,995

Engine power: 82  kW – 110 Hp

Top speed: 200 km/h – 124 mph

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h – 0-60 mph 3.5 sec

Range: 365 km – 227 miles

4. Harley-Davidson LiveWire: Best premium ev motorcycle

It is, perhaps, no surprise that an e-motorcycle from such the popular-yet-fabled brand Harley-Davidson makes it into the top three. Its street bikes are known to offer top quality and outstanding performance.

Its electric motorcycles for adults are no different. The LiveWire cycle, powered entirely by batteries, has the same ability to accelerate as any of Harley Davidson’s gas-powered equivalents – a hugely important factor in a motorcycle, a vehicle purchased often for the thrill and the fun of high-powered speed. With the LiveWire, you amp up your sustainability, without sacrificing your bike’s stats.

Easy to handle, comfortable, well-built: This motorbike offers something for everyone. It’s got excellent suspension and shocks, which makes for as safe a ride as an electric cruiser motorcycle can provide.

With an acceleration of 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) of 3 seconds, the electric Harley-Davidson LiveWire measures up to many of this year’s hypercars. The electric Harley offers a range of 146 miles (235 km) and a top speed of 95 mph (153 km/h). And it’s on sale for less than $40,000.

Price: $39,729

Engine power: 105 kW – 78 Hp

Top speed: 153 km/h – 95 mph

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h – 0-60 mph 3 sec

Range: 235 km – 146 miles

5. Lightning LS-218: Fastest electric motorbike in the world

The purr of a high-grade motor, that feeling of sprinting down a straightway: The reason you get a motorcycle, electric or otherwise, is to feel the intensity of free speed when the rubber hits the road. If you’re looking for the fastest electric motorcycle of 2021, look no further.

Meet the Lightning LS-218. It’s built specifically for speed (and that build, in our opinion, was a smashing success). Its top speed is 218 mph (350 km/h). It can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) in 2.2 seconds.

With that kind of power, you’d expect this ev motorcycle to have won awards. It has. In 2011, this bike blazed around the Bonneville Speedway in Utah, breaking all previous electric motorcycle speed records. In the over-a-decade since that event, no other motorbike on the market has challenged its title.

Lightning bikes are known for speed, durability, and power. However, their LS-218 (in addition to being the fastest production electric motorbike in the world) also has an elegant, lightweight style. When considering electric motorcycles that offer both quality workmanship and electrifying speed, the Lightning LS-218 has to rise to the top of the list.

And yet, there’s another contender in the running: the Stark Varg serves up insane performance, but you’ll have to wait—is just coming out of prototype testing and scheduled for full-scale production in 2023. So, watch this space.

Price: $38,888

Engine power: 12 kW – 16 Hp

Top speed: 350 km/h – 218 mph

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h – 0-60 mph 2.2 sec

Range: 260 km – 160 miles