Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Fred asks: Do you think they could happen? Would they offer users any advantages over IC bikes? Are they possibly the wave of the future? I can see young tech guys falling for them. City commuters in China or wherever might buy these in droves. So what’s your take Eric? Are they coming? I’m thinking there might be an electric niche where there is actually a market place, societal possibility.
My reply: As it happens, I had a rant in the works on this very topic; it just went live (see here). So, to answer your question – it is already happening. The interesting question is – why is it happening?
I see no significant organic/market demand for these things. As is the case with electric cars, they are very expensive relative to IC-powered bikes and they have the same range/recharge issues. Which is why there is little to no market demand for these things.
However, the government is demanding them.
Harley – like every other company making IC-powered vehicles – can see the writing on the wall. The government is de jure and de facto requiring EVs to be made via “zero emissions” vehicle mandates, fuel economy fatwas and – latest thing – carbon dioxide “emissions” regs. It is very likely that the government will also impose IC vehicle No Go Zones here as they already have in Europe.
That is what is driving this bizarre rush – this push – toward electric vehicles.
And the reason for that, I have become convinced, is to corral people. To reduce individual mobility by making it more cumbersome and dependent on a centrally controlled infrastructure and (secondarily) to extract more money from people – to get them to buy more debt.
There is no other rational reason for any of this. A 250 cc dual sport is superior in every functional and economic way to any electric bike on the market. Costs half as much, refuels in minutes – can travel 200-plus miles on a tank.
The only thing the EV has over it is (supposedly) “zero emissions.” But even that is a lie.
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