EM has so far been a little-known success story among electric motorcycle manufacturers. It found its niche, the electric trial bike, and its EM 5.7 model is being sold all over the world. Last year, it won the French Trial Championship.
This year, the French company also started the production of electric bikes for the French motoball championship. So EM is on a growth path, and claims to have sold 250 motorcycles in 2015 (120 in 2014 and 70 in 2013). According to its owner, Philippe Aresten, the company has reached its financial breakeven point, and plans on selling 400 bikes in 2016.
At the next EICMA show, EM will introduce a whole new range of bikes for 2016. Few technical details are known yet, except that they will have more power and range than the EM 5.7. There will be an entry model, the EM Lite for beginner trialists. More serious riders will have the choice between the EM Sport and the EM Sport+, the latter with 20% more power and range. The EM Escape is an Enduro version with a larger battery. And finally, the E-Trek, a road-going model with a 2 kWh battery and a 40 to 60 km range (25 to 37 miles). It will have an integrated charger and still weigh only 85 kg (187lb). The E-Trek has been homologated in France as a 125cc-equivalent motorcycle. Prices will start at €6,500, and top off at €7,500 ($7,000 to $8,000).
Good news has been rare this year for electric motorcycle enthusiasts. So it feels good to report on EM’s success and growth. Congratulations, Electric Motion!
Source: Electric Motion, Moto Verte