With every passing day, riders are getting more reasons to opt for an electric motorcycle. Just recently, 174 more DC Fast-charging stations were installed across 33 states.
One of the biggest reasons behind the reluctance of buyers to buy electric motorcycles is the range of the bike (the riding time before being required to recharge). With the network of recharging stations growing at a blistering pace, more roads with expansive ranges are opening up.
Paradoxically, the main driver of this network expansion is the automobile. But this should not really be surprising, considering a lot of the technological advancement in today’s motorcycles originates from the car production lines.
The most recent increase in charging stations is borne from a collaboration between Nissan and BMW. The two companies share a mutual interest because they are frantically trying to get the public to purchase their electric cars. The improvement in the charging station infrastructure is as a result of car manufacturers trying to overcome the same view of range limitations that car buyers have, just like some riders.
During the launch of the partnership, the companies announced that the extra 174 fast-charging stations will be under the EVgo network and they were meant to enable longer and easier EV (Electric vehicle) travel for drivers of BMW i3, Nissan LEAF and all drivers of electric vehicles, their brand notwithstanding. EVgo is the biggest public DC charging operator in the country. At present, it operates approximately 670 fast-charging stations throughout the United States.
According to Robert Healey, who is in charge of BMW’S EV infrastructure growth in North America, the company’s collaboration with EVgo and Nissan is proof that the company is committed to the construction of a strong public charging system across the US. He adds that this will create more confidence among drivers in the country to opt for an electric vehicle like the BMW i3, especially since traveling long-distance using electric vehicles is becoming ever more common.
By utilizing fast-charging technology, electric motorcycle riders can charge their bikes in the same amount of time that it takes to drink a cup of coffee or have a bathroom break (and both activities are often needed when on any trip, especially on the road).
EVgo stations provide 50 kW dual fast-charging stations that are equipped with both SAE combo and CHAdeMO connectors. They serve BMW i3 and Nissan leaf divers and any other US EV driver whose vehicle is fitted with ports that have a quick-charge capability. If the fast charging dual port DC stations (668 in total) that are operational in the US are not sufficient to make electric motor riding convenient and appealing, the partnership intends to add fifty more recharging stations to the network during the course of 2017.
By now, various manufacturers are already offering smartphone applications to assist people to locate recharging stations. What is not included is finding a place to interface with other applications such as the ones used for navigation.
Electric motorcycle riders who wish to charge their new bikes are almost spoiled for choice. The article appearing on Clutch and Chrome about one year ago about the production of electric motorcycles is accurate even today. It provides a quick overview and history of electric motorcycles. It also focuses on the specialized makers of electric motorcycles on the market such as Energica, Lightning and Zero motorcycles. It is almost certain that the recent exit of victory will mean that Empulse TT, its electric motorcycle, moves to the Indian brand.
The electric motorcycle market is set to expand once Livewire, the current prototype of Harley-Davidson, enters the production phase in the coming four years. It is reasonable to expect that other major motorcycle makers will also enter the fray.
Whenever a new recharging station is completed, the arguments against embracing this new riding era become weaker. A comprehensive charging network eliminates the worries about the range and brings the wonderful performance and excitement that comes with electric motorcycle riding close to any biker who is ready to take it.
JeSean Hopkins, a senior manager at Nissan’s electric vehicle Infrastructure Strategy and Business Development unit, asserts that public infrastructure is a vital strategic priority as the company continues to grow the quick charger network throughout the country. He adds that Nissan is banking on the current collaboration to help build more quick-change stations for the public.
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