An electric motorcycle is very different to a petrol equivalent. Here’s what you need to make sure you get the most out of your electric ride.
If you’re in the market for a new ride, you might be thinking about joining the electric revolution. Electric motorcycles are becoming an attractive option to riders in the market for a new bike, so we’ve put together everything you’ll need to get the most out of your new electric motorcycle.
A map of charging points
Zap Map offers both a map of over 18,000 public charge points in the UK, which you can access via their website or a mobile app. It also offers a route planner that takes into account the range of your vehicle. While this app leans more towards cars, it does cover the more popular electric motorcycles and scooters, which makes it really easy to figure out where you need to stop and for how long.
PlugShare boasts a database of 300,000 charge points but these are across the world. This makes PlugShare a great choice if you’ll be taking your bike abroad, but it also means its catalogue of UK charging points is smaller than some of its competitors. If you’re going to use PlugShare in the UK, we’d recommend supplementing it with another charging point map.
A Better Routeplanner
A Better Routeplanner is, as the name suggests, designed to help you plan a route rather than simply find your nearest charge point. Like PlugShare, its focus is international, making it useful if you travel abroad.
Google is slowly adding charge point support to its Maps offering, making it quick and easy to find your nearest charge point or plan your route. This is fairly new functionality, though, so it’s not quite there yet. If you’re planning a route, it’s best to check your stops before you set off.
Once you find your charging point, you’ll need to be able to plug your bike in! Make sure that you have a charging cable with you at all times.
And don’t forget that not all chargers are created equal. If you bring your Level 2 J1772 cable but the only charging point you can find is a Level 1 3-pin socket, you could be in trouble.
A spare battery
Not an option for everyone, but a number of electric scooters offer the ability to swap out the battery.
This gives you the option of, for example, leaving a battery to charge at home while you’re commuting back and forth to work. The work of a few moments and you can swap a used battery for a fresh one and get out on the road again minutes after getting home.
Some scooters even give you the option of adding extra batteries to increase the range, meaning your spare battery isn’t just a matter of convenience; it could help you take longer journeys too.
A valid licence
There’s some misinformation out there about electric motorcycles and scooters, but don’t be misled. Your vehicle has an electric engine, but you still need a valid licence.
Check out our guide to motorcycle licences to find out more about what kind of licence you’ll need for your new bike.
Contrary to popular opinion, electric motorcycle insurance isn’t necessarily more expensive. In fact, some insurers are quoting electric scooter / motorcycle insurance premiums the same as a policy for the equivalent petrol bike!
Part of this is to do with the growing popularity of electric motorcycles and scooters: as they become a more common sight on UK roads, the parts needed to repair them are both more affordable and easier to come by.
Not all insurers will cover an electric motorcycle, so you might need to do your research. Or speak to one of our specialists about our dedicated electric motorcycle policies.