Electric motorcycles are expected to be on the road in the next few years and, in a surprise move, the US Environmental Protection Agency has approved a design for their electric engines.
The move was welcomed by electric motorcycle manufacturer V-Twin Motorcycles, which is in talks with the EPA about a joint project with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop an electric motorcycle.
V-Twins chief engineer Andy Gaudreau said: “The EPA is moving in the right direction to promote electric motorcycles and to get the technology to market.”
We’re very excited that the agency is moving forward with this important project.
“The decision to approve the project comes on the heels of the US Senate passing a $1.5 billion investment in electric motorcycles that the president has promised to support in his budget.
The funding will be used to develop and test electric motorcycles at the V-twin facility in Long Beach, California, where the company has a production facility.
The announcement came amid a flurry of announcements about the potential benefits of electric vehicles in the US, with the President pushing for a 25 per cent reduction in the national fuel economy for cars and trucks by 2030, and a 50 per cent increase in fuel efficiency for all vehicles.