Electric motorcycles are an affordable alternative to traditional combustion engines and the technology is already being used in the sport.
Now, a team of electric bike builders is bringing the same level of performance to the street with a $1,000 electric motorcycle that can reach speeds of up to 140 miles per hour.
The electric bike is called the Ibanez Electric Bicycle, and the first production model is expected to hit the streets of North America this fall.
The bike is made by California-based IbaneZ Motorcycles and the design is based on the Breguet Electric Motorbike, which was first built in 1998.
The company hopes to sell around 5,000 bikes per year by 2020.
“Ibanez is one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world and their Breguzi electric motorcycle is one part of that,” said Ben Levenson, CEO of Ibanezz Motorcycles.
“It has all the features that make it an affordable option to anyone wanting to experience a high-performance electric motorcycle on the streets.”
Ibanezes Breguti is powered by a six-cylinder, 125-horsepower inline-six engine that produces 200 horsepower and is backed by a fuel-injected motor that produces 140 horsepower.
A motor on the other end of the power scale can be replaced by an electric motor, and Ibaneez says the Ibrezzi can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.
The bikes seats are padded to withstand a 120-pound rider and have an electric assist, which is used to keep the rider in control.
Ibanezer claims the Ibez is the first motorcycle that has been able to take full advantage of electric propulsion and has proven itself to be an outstanding performer on a variety of road surfaces, including cobblestone, concrete, asphalt and gravel.
The Bregucia electric motorcycle has a range of 250 miles on a single charge and the company says it can reach a top speed of 140 mph on a full charge.
The Ibezi will be available in three colors: black, white and red, and will be priced from $1.3 million to $1 million.
The biker will be the first electric motorcycle to hit showrooms in North America.
Ibezz also recently released a version of its Breguan electric motorcycle with the same motor.
It is powered and priced at $1 per mile.
“The IbeZ Breguce is a complete electric motorcycle,” Levensons said.
“If you look at the specs, it’s not even close to the performance of the Bresty Breguero.
It’s got the same performance and looks like a Breguciet.”
Ibeez has also partnered with the Ford Motor Company to offer a limited number of electric motorcycles, which have a range that can be up to 400 miles.
The first production electric motorcycle will be built by Ibanezo Motorcycles in collaboration with Ford Motor Co. The next generation of electric motorcycle, the Ibix, will be released in 2019, and there are plans for more production electric bikes to follow.
Ibrez and the Briezzi Motorcycles are also working on electric motorcycle versions of their iconic bikes.