Snail-looking electric motorcycle that will take you on a 200 kms road trip!

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With rapid development of electric cars industry one might come up with a question about motorcycles powered by electricity. Is there a “Tesla of the motorbikes”? Sure, there are several companies like Zero and Brammo, but they don’t have any significant market position or industry authority. However, this may give a chance to other players in getting bikers into the world of renewable energy sources. Maybe Johammer?

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This Austrian company has designed an electric cruiser called J1 capable of doing 200 kms (about 124 mi) on a single charge. That is quite remarkable because the figure is close to more or less average range of petrol-powered bike. 12,7 kWh battery pack provides the juice and company guarantees it’ll be perfectly fine for 200 000 kms not loosing more than 15% from a fresh battery capacity.

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Although that sounds really nice, the first thing people notice is the design of this thing. With some retro notes and lots of futuristic details this slug-looking bike clearly stands out from the crowd. Fancy front suspension and mirror-mounted dashboard are adding points to Johammer’s design skills. There are even two sets of footpegs – one for conventional city use and another cruiser-like for more relaxed position.

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It’s definitely not the most powerful bike squeezing 11 kW from its motor, but it’s enough to get a top speed of 120 kph (75 mph).

There are two versions at your disposal – cheaper (only relatively) J1.150 with 8,3 kWh battery (good for 150 kms) will set you up a 23 000 EUR price tag and beefier J1.200 with 12,7 kWh that costs 25 000 EUR. Being an early-adopter has never been cheap, but still it’s another step towards mass-produced electric motorcycle that can rival conventional ones.

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