Motorcycles have been around for over 100 years and have changed quite a bit in that time. They’ve gone from using steam power to using electricity and hydrogen, too. As the years go by, there are fewer and fewer types of motorcycles available on the market. However, there has been an explosion in electric and hybrid bikes over the last few years as more people look for ways to be eco-friendly when they’re commuting or just going for a ride through town. In this article, we’ll explore all of your options when considering how you want your bike powered!
Battery Electric Motorcycles
Battery Electric Motorcycles
By far the most common type of electric motorcycle is one that uses batteries as its power source. The battery pack is usually located under the seat, so it doesn’t add much weight to the bike itself, but it still adds considerable heft to your ride. Batteries are heavy and expensive, which means they limit how far you can go on a single charge. They also take longer than other sources of electricity (like generators) to recharge–and because they’re so big and heavy, recharging takes up a lot more space in your garage or apartment building’s parking lot than charging an internal combustion engine would require. Finally, like all nonrenewable resources used for transportation purposes today (including fossil fuels), batteries aren’t environmentally friendly; there are concerns about how long these things will last before needing replacement or recycling as well as potential environmental harm caused by mining metals needed for their construction
Plug-in Hybrid Motorcycles
Plug-in hybrid motorcycles combine a battery with a gas engine. The battery can be charged at home or at charging stations, which are becoming more common. The size of the battery determines how far you can travel before needing to recharge it.
Fuel Cell Motorcycles
Fuel cell motorcycles are the most expensive option on this list, but they can also go farther than any other type of electric motorcycle. Fuel cell bikes have a range of around 200 miles, making them perfect for long road trips or commuting to work every day.
Fuel cells don’t produce pollution or greenhouse gases like internal combustion engines do–they only emit water vapor into the atmosphere! However, there are some downsides: fuel cells are still in their early stages; they’re very expensive (about $25k); and they’re not as popular as electric or hybrid motorcycless yet because many people aren’t familiar with them and therefore afraid to try something new
Natural Gas Motorcycles
Natural gas is a cleaner and more efficient alternative to gasoline, which makes it an ideal fuel for motorcyclists. Natural gas produces fewer carbon emissions than gasoline and diesel, so it’s better for the environment. It also doesn’t require any modification or conversion kits to convert your bike from one type of engine to another–a natural gas motorcycle runs on exactly what its name implies: natural gas.
Natural Gas Motorcycles are powered by internal combustion engines with pistons that compress air into a cylinder where it mixes with fuel before being ignited by spark plugs or other ignition systems (in some cases). The resulting explosion drives down on a piston rod connected directly through gears back up against another set of gears attached directly onto the rear wheel axle housing via an axle shaft assembly which rotates counterclockwise as shown in this diagram:
Motorcycle power sources are changing.
Motorcycle power sources are changing. The number of power sources is increasing, the list of power sources is growing and diversifying, and we’re seeing more innovation in this area than ever before.
With new technologies like electric motorcycles and scooters entering the market all the time, it’s time for us to take a look at what types of bikes there are out there today–and where they might be going in the future.
Motorcycle power sources are changing. The future is here, and it’s going to be electric.