The world of electric powertrains isn’t confined to four-wheeled automotive platforms, and thanks to its inclusion within today’s most innovative motorcycle platforms, instantaneous power has become an attribute to strive for. While the space for these electric platforms is still small, a growing number of companies have taken on the new technology to augment their current lineups.
Luckily, the electric powertrain isn’t relegated to a life on the blacktop. The industry’s leading manufacturers have started to introduce it into MX, trail, and track-faring platforms, hoping to create a robust market for the all-electric dirt bike. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, from industry mainstays like KTM and Alta, all the way to newcomers like the Zero FX and Cake’s Kalk&. So, if you’re ready to take part in the future of instantaneous power, be sure to take your time reading through our shortlist of the best electric dirt bikes.
KTM Freeride E-XC
KTM is a monolithic name within motorsports, and to say that they’re one of, if not the most, dominant motorcycle company in today’s medium isn’t far from the truth. When it comes to track-faring dirt bike platforms, their reputation as an unbeatable proprietor still rings true. So, it’s natural that when the company made its first foray into electrified powertrains with the Freeride E-XC, they did it right. This powerful, race-ready moto is outfitted with a robust PowerPack capable of producing an 18 kW output and boasts a road-legal orientation that’ll allow you to explore your favorite trails, tracks, or roadways for over one and a half hours per charge. A brushless electric motor, optimal cooling, and selectable ride modes ensure that it’s ready for anything, while a capable WP suspension and lightweight composite frame keep things performing exceptionally well.
Top Speed: 50 MPH
Output: 12 HP, 42 Nm of torque
Charge Time: 1.8 Hours
Electric Motion Escape
Electric Motion’s Escape is definitely a trials bike, but thanks to its powerful 2620 Wh battery, ergonomic design, and stylish exterior, it’s become one of the most talked-about off-road examples in the industry. Riders are able to choose between three different power maps, allowing the Escape to mimic the capabilities of a 125, 250 or 300 moto trials bike at the flip of a switch. To achieve this, a brushless motor, Li-ion battery, and performance-oriented Tech suspension have been implemented, allowing the bike to top Electric Motion’s catalog as its flagship offering. If you’re looking for a bike that’ll allow you to explore the deepest recesses of your favorite off-road areas, the silent Escape is certainly an attractive proposition.
Top Speed: 45 MPH
Output: 16 HP, 27 Nm of torque
Charge Time: 2.5 Hours
Zero’s FX is a capable platform that’s been lauded as one of the most affordable electrified variants on the market. It’s no slouch when it comes to performance, offering a range of 91 miles, a 46-horsepower, 7.2 kWh powerplant, and 78 ft-lb of torque in one compact package. When conceptualizing the newest FX, Zero set out to create the most economical platform ever, resulting in a road-legal bike that utilizes the latest and greatest clutchless direct-drive transmission, a high-performance Showa suspension, and Bosch’s revered braking peripherals.
Top Speed: 85 MPH
Output: 46 HP, 106 Nm of torque
Charge Time: 9.7 Hours
Alta Motors Redshift MX
Alta’s electric platforms are widely accepted as some of the best in the industry, and the Redshift MX is the company’s latest off-road-oriented project. As a bike that was built to compete alongside the racing world’s most prominent 250cc examples, the Redshift boasts all of the revered characteristics associated with MX2/Lites class cycles. But, unlike its competitors, you won’t find an oil system, air filter, or internal combustion engine. Instead, the MX utilizes an illustrious 350V lithium-ion battery pack that’s capable of pumping out 5.8 kWh, a clutchless transmission, and a 261-pound orientation that makes it lighter than many of today’s high-performance 250s. The bike’s High-speed PMAC motor helps it clock in at around 42 horsepower, pairing with a set of powerful Brembo brakes, a capable dirt-track suspension, and a lightweight chassis to help leave its competitors in the dust.
Top Speed: 50 MPH
Output: 42 HP
Charge Time: 2 Hours
Cake’s Kalk& is the company’s first street-legal electric motorcycle, but that doesn’t mean it feels any less at home on the dirt track. This quintessential cycle was engineered to take on everything that the Outback has to offer, meaning that it’s been tailor-made for off-road endeavors. It features a powerful Lithium-ion battery that’s capable of pumping out 2.6 kWh, and a 10kW motor that utilizes three different riding modes to hit speeds in surplus of 56 miles-per-hour. With an enhanced range of 54 miles-per-charge, you’ll be hardpressed to find a better bike for both on-road, and off-road use, helping you to make the transition from the blacktop to the track even easier.
Top Speed: 56 MPH
Output: 13.4 HP, 42 Nm of torque
Charge Time: 2.5 Hours
The 8 Best Touring Motorcycles
If you’re not interested in being confined to a nimble, lightweight track bike, check out our guide on the best touring motorcycles for an in-depth look at our favorite adaptable examples to make the transition from trail to blacktop even easier.