If you’re interested in electric motorcycles, you should check out this article in the New York Times’ Automotive section.
Despite all the advances in electric motorcycle technology that we’ve seen in the last couple years, battery bikes still seem to be facing an uphill battle. They’ve got an even bigger challenge than their limited range: Nobody is buying them.
The article’s author, Dexter Ford, doesn’t have any hard sales numbers for electric motorcycles, but he says they aren’t selling well because they don’t offer a bad-boy lifestyle, the same way other motorcycle brands do, and they’re expensive. A CMG commenter pointed this out last month, when a Zero recall only applied to 29 motorcycles in Canada.
Of course, recall numbers don’t tell the whole story – sometimes the recall doesn’t apply to all the motorcycles sold in a particular model line, like the recent NC700 recall, which only applied to models with a chain from a certain manufacturer. Still, 29 motorcycles is a pretty small number.