NEW YORK—It’s like the EV motorcycle equivalent of Ford vs. Chevy. Two short months ago, we swung a leg over the new Zero S electric street bike. Now, we’ve spent some time with Brammo’s Enertia—an electric two wheeler that just might steal some of Zero’s eco-friendly thunder.
Check the specs and the Brammo Enertia isn’t very impressive, taken strictly as a traditional motorcycle. After all, it makes just 18 hp and it tops out at a barely adequate 55 mph. But Brammo doesn’t want the Enertia to compete with other bikes; it wants the electric cycle to attract new riders to the sport. Equipped with friendly looks, zero emissions and an impressive distribution channel—sales begin at select Best Buy outlets on July 5—it could do just that. —Wes Siler