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3 New Electric Bikes on Display at CES 2018

Self-driving and electric cars aren’t the only vehicles on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), there are also new innovative motorcycles and scooters.

While there is little data about the electric motorcycle market, especially as it pertains to financing, more data is emerging about the electric car market. Data from Bloomberg shows that nearly 80% of battery electric vehicles and 55% of plug-in hybrids are leased in the U.S. compared with a 30% penetration rate across the industry. Those consumers tend to be concerned about what new innovations will be on the market in three years when their lease contract expires.

With that in mind, here are three electric bikes making waves at CES 2018.  

1. Yamaha’s A.I. Assisted Bike

Yamaha Motor Co. is setting up shop at the world’s largest electronics show for this first time this week showing off two motorcycle concepts. MOTOROiD is the OEM’s artificial intelligence enabled, self-driving, electric concept motorcycle that uses technology developed by Yamaha to stabilize two-wheeled vehicles and drive autonomously.

The A.I. features can also “recognize its rider’s biometrics” and accept hand gesture commands to start and stop, as demonstrated in the video below. The OEM has no plans to bring the concept to market but is exploring possible partnerships at the conference.

2. The Retro Electric

Another electric bike receiving buzz at CES is the U.S. launch of Energica’s Eva EsseEsse9, a retro-style electric bike. The Italian manufacturer built this electric bike — the third in its fleet — to accent the retro trend sweeping bikes lately with a round headlight and less sporty seat. Yet, the angular design and its electric motor still give it a modern flare.

No price has been set yet, but the company offers 60-month financing at an APR of 5.24% for the other models on its website through an unknown lender. The standard Eva runs for $23,400 and the EsseEsse9 is expected to be more than that.

The company also offers a 3-year, 31,000-mile warranty on the battery, which the company says can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes on a fast charger. Energica did not respond to a request for comment before press time.  

3. New German E-Scooters to Hit Market

Finally, last-mile electric scooters have trended at CES for the past few years, and this year is no exception. UJet, a startup out of Luxembourg, promises 70 miles of range or six hours of riding time for the scooter which can reach a top speed of 28 mph. The price for this urban transport is expected to start at $10,000.     

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  1. […] a number of electric motorcycles were on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January, uncertainty remains around the financing and value retention […]

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