Being relatively new to pursuing an electric Motorcycle/Scoter, I have to say I am pretty disappointed.
If you're looking for an e-motorcycle, here are your likely choices: Brammo or Zero. Brammo has great marketing presence: glitzy website, well put together videos, great sounding words of e-mc leadership. Zero: trying to enter the street market with their crossover street/off road bike - great if you want that style of bike. Again well marketed, appealing website and photos. Zero is all over Fox News. Ehem...Who at Fox has invested in the Zero?
Now, I had submitted a request to hold a Brammo Empulse shortly after the bike was announced. Test bikes will be available to ride at Best Buy - they say in July of this year. Too good to be true? darn straight. I get an email this month saying, "We still have a good amount of work and testing to do in order to bring you the world's greatest electric motorcycle". I knew something was up from the beginning when Brammo wasn't taking any cash to hold orders. At least some review of both of these companies 'currently' available rides have been covered in actual MC magazines.
Next we turn to scooters. The scooter market offers some great alternatives to the MC offerings at price for performance. But the scooter market exhibits even more uncertainty than the MC market. I had never heard of ZEV prior to being introduced to them by a forum member here. Yet, the owner of ZEV states that he is selling enough scooters, and is building quickly to keep up with production. I was lucky enough to actually ride one of these bikes myself, and write an amateur review of my experience. After reading the review of the Current Motors Scooter I'd be scared to death to put any money down for that scooter. The reviewer states that he has a history with e-scooters since 2001ish? I admire his "stick to-it-veness". After 10 years haven't scooter manufacturers nailed anything down? Are there any standards at all?
So far, the only scooter manufacturer that I have seen being willing to put their money where there mouth is ZEV. They've offered their challenge to other scooter manufacturers to a 1 on 1 and they also offer their opportunity for potential customers to fly out to their location at their cost. But, ZEv is obviously a company run by an engineer, and the marketing and presentation appeal to engineering types. Unlike Brammo that will have a broad appeal. ZEV needs some marketing help. Other than that, I don't have much confidence in the e-scooter market. You have to be willing to "take one for the team" by plunking down $7 - 12K. That's a lot of cash for something that performs like a scooter. I can buy a brand new SV650S for $6K! Why would I spend more than that for a scooter from a company that has no reputation and might be out of business next year?
Without any background in this EV market, I would like to see an objective side by side comparo review by a qualified reviewer, of any e-scooter manufacturer that thinks their EV is worth their salt. Who, when, where this review would happen remains to see, but the manufacturers need to cooperate and send their best representative scooter to the test. If there isn't some cooperation in this market, I feel that one of the big Japanese/Korean manufacturers are going to come out with their branding and reputation along with a superior marketing plan and you scooter manufacturers will be a thing of history nearly overnight...
So what do you say e-scooter manufacturers? Put up or shut up?