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Electric Motorcycle Price Guide (UK)

Electric Motorcycles 2015On this page we aim to list all electric scooters, electric motorcycle, electric mopeds & electric trikes available in the UK. Please remember, the use of any of these electric machines is covered by UK electric scooter licensing laws, and most prices do not include registration costs (c £100).
Prices are the latest available on the road in the UK. Note our new column showing the price per kWh of battery capacity. Used together with the battery warranty, this gives a good guide to value for money and ongoing running costs.
This young industry had been more or less wiped out by 2013, but by early 2015 there were some stirrings at the superbike end of the market, and the government’s decision to finally allow subsidies for electric two-wheelers has helped a good deal, and electric mopeds and scooters are firmly back in fashion. Several new manufacturers are already looking at UK distribution, and sales are showing a tentative recovery. Many new machines have removable lithium-ion batteries, allowing users to keep a charged battery at home, or even carry one in a top-box, effectively doubling range.
 Errors & Omissions:  We do our best to keep this table up-to-date, but please contact us if you see any errors or omissions on this page.

Electric Motorbike, Scooter & Moped Prices

Make/Model Price Maximum Power Battery Type Battery Capacity Cost
per kWh
Battery Warranty Top Speed Comments
Zippe £1075 1.5kW 48v Lead-acid 1.7kWh £632 6 months 60mph
Eko Zippy £1345 1.5kW 60v
1.2kWh £1121 12 months 27mph Also as 2kW/35mph version
Zepii V60 £1380 1.5kW 60v Lead-acid 1.9kWh £730 3 months 30mph Mirrors cost extra!
Eko Slider £1395 2kW 60v
1.2kWh £1163 12 months 35mph Also as 3kw/40mph version
Eko Speedster £1495 3kW 60v
1.2kWh £1246 12 months 38mph Also as 5kW/48mph version
E Rider
Model 15
£1495 .25kW 48v Li-ion 0.5kWh £3115 12 months 15mph Covered by pedal-cycle legislation
E Rider Model 30 £1495 1.0kW 48v
0.8kWh £1869 12 months 30mph
Eko Maxx £1795 3kW 72v
1.4kWh £1282 12 months 38mph Also as 5kW/48mph version
eGen eG5 £1978 1.2kW 60v Li-ion 1.8kWh £1099 24 months 30mph Removable battery
eGen eG7 £1978 3.0kW 60v Li-ion 1.7kWh £1163 24 months 30mph Removable battery
Juicy Bike Retro Li £2465 3.0kW 60v Li-ion 1.9kWh £1297 12 months 30mph Removable battery
eGen eG3 £3118 3.0kW 60v Li-ion 2.4kWh £1299 24 months 30mph Removable battery
SEV eTRICKS Evolution Z01 £3325 2.5kW 48v Li-ion 0.9kWh £3866 24 months 28/38mph Removable battery. Can be fitted with extra 0.9kWh battery
SEV eTRICKS Evolution O01 £3425 2.5kW 48v Li-ion 0.9kWh £3983 24 months 28/38mph Removable battery. Can be fitted with extra 0.9kWh battery
SEV eTRICKS Evolution S01 £3575 2.5kW 48v Li-ion 0.9kWh £4133 24 months 28/38mph Removable battery. Can be fitted with extra 0.9kWh battery
eGen eG-D1 £3598 3.0kW 60v
3.0kWh £1199 24 months 30mph Removable battery
SEV eTRICKS Evolution R01 £3825 2.5kW 48v Li-ion 0.9kWh £4448 24 months 28/38mph Removable battery. Can be fitted with extra 0.9kWh battery
eGen eG1 £4558 8.0kW 72v Li-ion 4.3kWh £1060 24 months 30mph
E Rider
Model 60
£4995 6.0kW 72v Li-ion 4.3kWh £1162 12 months 63mph
eGen eGX £5400 10.0kW 84v Li-ion 5.0kWh £1080 36 months 75mph Warranty is extendable
Govecs Go! S3.4 £6240 ?kW 72v Li-ion 3.0kWh £2080 24 months 50mph Also as single-seat, load-carrying T-series
KTM Freeride E-XC £9999 16.0kW 300v Li-ion 2.6kWh £3846 ? ? Off-roader, not road legal. Removable battery.
KTM Freeride E-SX £10299 16.0kW 300v Li-ion 2.6kWh £3961 ? ? Road legal version of E-XC. Removable battery.
BMW C Evolution £13500 35.0kW Lithium-ion 8.0kWh £1688 5 years / 50,000 km 75mph
Agility Saietta R £16770 72.0kW Li-ion 9.6kWh £1747 12 months 105mph Also R Premier at £19,770, details unknown

Electric Scooter & Motorbike Manufacturers or primary UK dealers/distributors

tel: 0370 5050 160

Eco City
tel: 01252 757368

tel: 0203 700 6728

tel: 01453 762743

Eko Bikes

E Rider
tel: 08450 941529

Juicy Bike
tel: 01298 25595

tel: 01208 709500
email: via website

tel: 01526 834357

tel: 01793 251200

Emissions Free Solutions
tel: 01780 722442

tel: 01932 358000

tel: 0208 241696

tel: 01457 876 160

For more information on buying a petrol or electric moped or scooter, two-wheeler insurance company Bennetts has produced a handy guide


Eco City

eco-city electric scooterREVIEW January 2014
Welcome to the lowest powered vehicle you can buy in Britain, this side of an electric bicycle. The Eco City musters just 800 watts, which is less than one of those old one-bar electric fires, let alone e-scooter rivals, most of which offer 1.5-2.0Kw. Performance is so modest that for many cyclists, a pedelec will prove faster away from the lights up to 15mph.

However, the Eco City has two big advantages over rivals. It’s the cheapest lithium-ion e-scooter on the market, at £1699, though at the time of writing (January 2014) Yamaha is offering a massive £800 cashback deal on its EC-03, making that just £100 more – that isn’t much to pay for the security of such a well known badge and big dealer network. Secondly, the Eco City has a lift-out battery, with obvious advantages for anyone without a powered-up garage. Only the E-City Emo offers the same feature, and that costs £300 more. Actually, there’s a third reason for buying the Eco City. A replacement battery costs only £499 (the E-City’s is more than twice as much) with an introductory price of just £200. That’s dirt cheap for a lithium-ion battery, and this one is a reasonable 0.96Kwh capacity.

On the road, the downside of that miniscule motor is pedestrian performance. As mentioned, a keen cyclist or pedelec rider will be quicker from a standing start, and although the Eco City will wind up to an indicated 25-30mph on the flat, it’s soon knocked back by hills. The same is true of many restricted mopeds (including the petrol ones) but at A to B we’d feel safer on a pedelec, which drivers expect to trundle along at bicycle speeds – the Eco City looks like a full-size petrol scooter.

Like all e-scooters, this one is very easy to ride, with an almost silent motor, backed up by good enough brakes and decent suspension. The small 10-inch wheels tend to react badly to potholes and manhole covers.

Eco City claims a 30-35-mile range, but like most such claims it’s only on nodding terms with the real world. We managed 18 miles around Swindon, with little life left in the battery by the end. Still, that’s enough for most short commutes and shopping trips that moped-style e-scooters are used for.



While Yamaha is effectively offering its EC-03 for just £1799, that’s the small e-scooter to go for. When that offer expires, then the Eco City should come into its own, even in Britain’s tiny market for these things. But if you can cope with pedalling and a lower top speed, a good quality pedelec makes more sense than either of them.

Socovel Electric Motorbike

First ever electric motorcycle?

Socovel Electric MotorbikeWas the Socovel of 1930s the world’s first electric motorcycle? Probably not, but it was referred to (in faintly dismissive terms) by ‘Nitor’ the pseudonymed columnist of The Motor Cycle in December 1959.

Built in Belgium, the Socovel consisted of a conventional lightweight frame, with three 12-volt batteries (presumably lead-acid) mounted crossways. A 48-volt motor, rated at 2.6hp, was bolted on behind, with power controlled by a twistgrip. It was evidently a success in a small way, with over 1000 made.

Eager to find out what this was all about, The Motor Cycle imported a Socovel in 1936, and found that it weighed 441lb, nearly half of which was accounted for by the batteries. Performance was less than scintillating, with a cruising speed of 16-20mph. The range proved to be 27.5 miles, though by the end speed had dropped to 10mph or less. As you can imagine, petrolheads at The Motor Cycle weren’t bowled over by any of this, though they were impressed by the Socovel’s hill climbing abilities – it would restart on a 1 in 7 with some wheelspin…

Twenty-odd years later, ‘Nitor,’ writing at a time when men liked nothing more than tinkering with their tappets on a Sunday morning, wasn’t convinced either: ‘It will be a long time yet,’ he opined, ‘before we are robbed of all the fun provided by poppet valves, sparking plugs and chains – and reduced to whiling away maintenance time merely by topping-up some very clever but dull and uninteresting looking fuel cell.’ Ah, how right he was.

Electric Bike Law

Electric Motorbike & Scooter Law

Electric Motorcycle Legality and lawsOnce upon a time, any 17-year-old could ride any powered two-wheeler of unlimited size and performance – now it’s a little more complicated. The law applying to your electric motorbike depends on the maximum speed of the machine, see below for details.

If an electric motorbike is restricted to 15mph, has a motor of 250 watts output or less, and has pedals, it is legally an electric bicycle and can be ridden by anyone aged 14 or over. They require no registration documents, number plates, tax disc or MOT. The rider does not need to be in possession of a licence. These bikes are not listed on this page.

And the excellent news in 2015 is that the UK government has finally agreed to bring electric motorcycles and scooters in line with electric cars, by offering grants. A total of ‘up to’ £7.5 million will be available to give 20% off the purchase price of electric bikes, capped at £1,500 per machine.


30mph Electric Motorbikes

If an electric motorbike is restricted to 30mph, the law treats it as a 30mph 50cc petrol scooter. They cannot be ridden on motorways. Riders must wear a helmet and the motorbike needs a registration document, number plate and (once it’s three years old) an MOT. Electric motorbikes must carry a tax disc, but as with all electric vehicles, road tax is free.

If you don’t have a car licence:

Can be ridden by anyone aged at least 16 with a Provisional moped licence and a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) certificate. These riders have to wear L-plates and cannot carry a pillion. To ride without L-plates, they must take a further practical and theory test. CBT costs £70-£100, and includes both off-road and on-road riding and training. The pass certificate is valid for two years, or if you pass the car test in the meantime, lasts forever.

If you do have a car licence:

If your Full car licence was obtained before 1st Dec 2001, you can ride a 30mph electric motorbike without L-plates or a CBT certificate. If it was obtained after 1st Dec 2001, you must have a CBT certificate first.

30mph+ Electric Motorbikes

These are treated as small motorcycles. Full car licence holders can no longer ride any of them without a valid CBT certificate. But with CBT, they can ride for the life of the CBT (two years), with L-plates – no passengers or motorway riding allowed. There is also a power limit of 11Kw/14.6bhp.

All the 30mph+ motorbikes and motorbikes listed on our Electric Motorbike Price Guide come into this category, apart from the Vectrix VX-1 and Zero ranges, plus the Quantya Track (which is off-road only), which exceed the power limit. To ride a Vectrix or Zero, car licence holders (and anyone else) will have to take the motorcycle theory and practical tests.


Elecscoot 4

Elecscoot 4 Electric ScooterMost electric scooters, as you can tell from A to B’s listing, are restricted to 30mph. In a way, that makes sense. Most of them are bought for the same sort of trips as a 50cc moped – a few miles into town and back, all within 30mph speed limits.

But some electric scooters do offer higher speeds – 40, 50, even 60+mph – thanks to beefier motors and a bigger bank of batteries. The idea is to offer the same sort of performance as a 125cc petrol scooter so that you won’t feel embarrassed, vulnerable or unsafe on faster roads.

Finished in UK

The Elecscoot 4 is one of these, with a 4Kw motor and claimed top speed of 60mph. Basically Chinese, it’s part-assembled in Co Durham, with the controller and motor designed in Europe – the wiring loom (and I hope you’re sitting down) is actually Made in England! All this UK labour bumps up the price to £4395 (the all-Chinese Emotive 3, which claims similar performance, costs over £1200 less) but Elecscoot says the result is a more reliable, better quality scooter. And it is backed up with a two-year battery warranty.

On the road

It certainly delivers on performance. Once past 15mph, the speedo needle fairly scampers round the dial, up to an indicated 55mph and close to sixty downhill. So it’ll happily keep up with main road (though not motorway) traffic and will filter to the front of a traffic light queue before zipping safely away.

All this performance uses a lot of energy – what about the all-important range? Elecscoot claims just under 60 miles of mixed riding. That should have been enough for 50-odd miles of rural roads and urban photography, and it was. I did switch onto 30mph eco-mode for a while on the way home, when the amps read out erroneously told me the battery was nearly flat. Back in the garage, the scooter took 9 hours to recharge (they claim 4-5 hours) so by then it certainly was.


So yes, you can ride an electric scooter at higher speeds and still get home on a single charge. Whether you think that’s worth the purchase price is something else.

By: Peter Henshaw
Tested: March 2010