We gonna rock down to electric avenue. Ahem... sorry.
The end is nigh for vehicles powered by the internal combustion engine. Last year, Germany voted to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030, and this just this year the UK government announced plans to ban the sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.
But the future is bright. In the four wheel world Elon Musk is leading the way with his innovative Tesla brand, and over here in the two wheel world there are a host of different manufacturers all looking to the future
Here's are the best electric bikes of 2017.
For 2017 we had to create an entire new category for the MCN Awards: Electric bike of the year. The Energica Ego took the first ever award after impressing us on both on road and track, as well as around the TT course. MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child competed in the 2017 TT Zero race on a standard Ego, crossing the line in seventh place. An impressive feat.
While the Energica Ego is an uber-cool sportsbike capable of three figure speeds, the Super Soco is designed with urban mobility in mind. It can be ridden by 16-year-olds on a provisional licence, so it can't top 30mph. It's incredibly light and easy to use, and the batteries can be removed so you can charge them inside. It doesn't have the glamour as some of the bikes on this list, but it's cheap and practical.
The Zero S makes a claimed 30.6bhp and 79.7ftlb of torque. Those figures aren't really that much to shout about, but what's interesting is the fact that the Zero is actually A1 licence compliable, which means 17-year-olds can ride one on L-plates. If, at 17, you choose to stick to a petrol bike, you'll be limited to bikes that make roughly half the power. Why would you not go for the Zero?
Gogoro Smartscooter 2
Ok, so you can't actually buy these bikes in the UK, or even ride them at the moment, but they're perhaps the future of urban transport. The Gogoro Smartscooter 2 has a top speed of 55mph and a range of 68 miles. The interesting part is that the Gogoros are part of a ride sharing scheme in Taiwan, Paris and Berlin. Using an app, you find your nearest one and then use it to get where you need to go. If it needs charging you just swap the battery with a charged one at a charging station.?
And there's more to come...
Electric bikes are only becoming better and more common, so it's no surprise that there's more to come in 2018, and maybe beyond.
Think of Vespa and you probably think of classic scooters propelled by polluting two-stroke engines. At the recent Milan Show Vespa announced their own electric scooter, bringing the historic Italian brand firmly into the 21st century. The Elettrica has a guaranteed range of 62 miles, which is more than enough in the city.
BMW Concept Link
Ok, so this isn't real, yet, but BMW already have an electric scooter in the C Evolution and something like the Concept Link could be the next step. The interesting thing about the Concept Link is that it also acts as a communication device, connecting to your online accounts and calendar.
We've already included a Zero in this year's list, and for next year the entire range might be worth a mention. For 2018 every Zero model has received 10% more range and faster charge times. Not terribly exciting on the face of it, but another step towards an electric future.