Intermot 2014: where are the electric motorcycles?

The Tacita stand

The Tacita stand

Only Zero, KTM and Tacita are showing their electric models at one of the biggest motorcycle tradeshow in Europe.

Canada’s Green Motion, the maker of the Lito, lists a German dealer on its web site, but there is no sign of a Green Motion stand. Energica does not show its Ego either. No Belgian Saroléa, no British Saietta, no Spanish Bultaco, no French Voxan, and no American Brammo, Mission or Lightning. And from the major motorcycle manufacturers, except for KTM, not even one electric motorcycle concept…


KTM added the E-SM to its Freeride E range, consisting of the off-road only E-SX and the street-legal E-XC. The new E-SM is the Supermoto version of the E-XC, with road tires and suspension, and taller gearing. It weighs 110 kg (242 lb). The three bikes have the same drive train: a 16 KW motor with a torque of 42 Nm, water-cooled ECU and a 2.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. The €10,995 ($13,934) E-SX and the €11,295 ($14,317) E-XC will be at European dealers’ showrooms in the next few weeks, the new €11,595 ($14,697) E-SM in the spring of 2015.

Tacita Diabolika

Tacita Diabolika

Tacita, the small Italian manufacturer of off-road bikes, introduced the Diabolika, which is its 5th electric model in a range we presented a few months ago. It is Tacita’s Naked version with a carbon-kevlar body and 19” wheels. Like the Cross, Enduro, Motard and Rally versions, it has a five-speed gearbox and hydraulic clutch, with liquid-cooled motor and controller, Marzocchi front suspension and Ohlins rear suspension are standard. The electric motor delivers from 22kW for the T-Race R and the T-Race E to 27kW for the T-Race M. On the new Diabolika it delivers 25 kW. Its lithium polymer battery comes in 5.3 or 10.6 kWh, for a range of 100 km (62 miles) or 200 km (124 miles). All Tacitas have 2 engine mappings: no engine brakes (2-stroke style), or with engine brakes (4-stroke style). Every Tacita is also street legal. The Diabolika will be available in the spring of 2015. No price yet, the other models in the range go from $27,000 to $42,000.

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Tacita has no dealer network. The bikes are manufactured once ordered on the web site, with a 3 months delivery time (in Europe only). On its stand the firm also showed an interesting motorcycle trailer, the T-Station, that’s also a charging station equipped with solar panels and batteries. The side-walls open up to maximizes sun exposure and have a 3kWh irradiation power.

So congratulations to Tacita, Zero and KTM for showing up! And let’s hope that we will have some electric surprises at the Italian EICMA trade show in a few weeks.





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5 comments for this post
  1. JP, the author of the post, wrote the 03/10/2014

    It seems that there was one Saroléa on the Bridgestone tire stand.

  2. yuval Brandstetter MD wrote the 05/10/2014

    On the other hand it shows how serious Zero is. Riding the Zero practically every day I can prove it delivers on all its promises

  3. Albert wrote the 05/10/2014

    Zero rules!
    Yes they really seem to plow forward methodically.

  4. Lectric Bill wrote the 07/10/2014

    From the prices and ranges of the European offerings, I don’t think Brammo and Zero have much to be worried about!

  5. butch wrote the 09/10/2014

    I think think in the long run the emotorcycle will be an ebike of some sort w and w/o pedals incl. escooters.
    epower is perfect for relatively short distance (sports, commutes, cruises etc)
    the cologne motorcycle show is just about any most opposite purpose you can think of.

    we displayed eflow in the ebike hall. almost nobody got lost in hall 8.
    by the way there was an intelligent ebike there with a 4000 W motor made by a dutch billionaire.

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