They've become more and more popular in the last few years and now the biggest name in motorcycles is getting in on it. Harley-Davidson just announced it's coming out with an electric motorcycle. The electric Harley release is still years away, but there are plenty of impressive and powerful electric bikes on the market right now. Top-of-the-line is the Zero SR, which goes from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds, an overnight charge keeps it running 170 miles, and there's no fuel or oil changes to worry about, which means maintenance is easy and cost is next to nothing.
Harlen Flagg, the owner of Hollywood Electrics, which is the number one seller of electric motorcycles in the world, estimates it costs 1 penny in electricity per mile. So you could ride an electric motorcycle 10 thousand miles and spend as little as 100 dollars.
Electric motorcycles are a growing industry. Experts figure 4500 will be sold in 2014, and in four years that number is expected to grow to 25,000. Prices for the popular Zero line start at just under $10,000 and go up to 17,000 for the top-of-the-line SR.