Culture Shock: The Rise of Electric Motorcycles

    AUGUST 15, 2014

    As fuel prices and climate-change concerns continue to rise, so too does the demand for zero-emission electric motorcycles—and thanks to recent advances in battery technology, all-electric bikes are lighter, faster, and quicker than ever. Recently, Harley-Davidson signaled its support for the burgeoning segment by debuting the LiveWire electric concept—but it is not the first manufacturer to the scene. The following slideshow includes our favorite electric motorcycles currently on the market, as well as a preview of the Harley LiveWire.

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