What do you do when you love to ride motocross and 2 stroke engines are banned because of noise? Max Modena, living in Switzerland, decided it was an opportunity to build the Quantya, an electric MX bike without any of the usual 2 stoke buzz.
Powered by a 14kW electric motor running at 48 volts, it recharges in 2 hours after a running time anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours, greatly depending on what kind of riding you're doing. Top speed is just shy of 40 mph but if you're doing motocross, how fast would you normally be going over jumps? Check out the photos and videos on the Quantya site and see how it does the job. I think it does quite well.
This bike was also designed to be used for rental work so the batteries can be swapped in under a minute which opens up a lot of other possibilities for general use if a spare battery is available for charging.
Electric motorcycles may very well come about through their use in limited venues whether short distance commuting or motocross in areas where noise is an issue or indoor MX or Supercross where the lack of exhaust would be a big plus. The KillaCycle is already making it big on the dragstrips. Electric motors already perform well, as batteries get better electrics will be able to handle more and more of a conventional motorcycle's duties but until then, they could fill many more specialized roles.