Canadian importer of electric motorcycles

Robert Swistum

VANCOUVER, BC, June 1, 2022 /CNW/ Greenwit Technologies – the exclusive distributor of Super Soco, Horwin, Kollter and Evoke electric motorcycles in Canada – saw its sales jump 250% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 2021 and owner of Greenwit Steve Milochev says he expects sales to continue to rise thanks to sky-high gas prices, steady inflation and people’s growing concern about climate change.

“The recent rise in gasoline prices has caused many households to look for more affordable alternative means of transportation,” Miloshev said. “The current rate of global inflation has also limited the purchasing power of the majority of the population. And, with extreme temperatures of 50 degrees last year, more and more people are concerned about the impact of the vehicles they choose on the environment. That’s why Canadians are turning to cheaper, more convenient and more environmentally friendly alternatives for their daily transportation needs. »

This opened the door to electric motorcycles.

Already popular in Europeelectric motorcycles can match the speed and range of a full-size internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, making them a popular alternative for people who want to own an electric vehicle (EV), but who may not be ready to buy a full-size one, says Miloshev.

For commuters in cities, electric motorcycles also offer a way to get around much of the congestion, as they are more nimble on city streets than a full-size vehicle, and in some places they can use bus lanes and parking for free. Add in the many places where commuters can charge their motorbikes for free, says the owner of Greenwit, and they’re perfect for daily commuters.

In addition to their convenience, Miloshev points out that some Canadian provinces, such as British Columbiahave also introduced discounts of up to 33% of the purchase price for the purchase of electric motorcycles.

These government incentives and the general benefits of owning an electric motorcycle – like dramatically reduced maintenance costs compared to their ICE counterparts – have boosted their sales in Canada by 200% in 2021 compared to 2020.

More than 90% of electric motorcycles distributed in Canada by Greenwit Technologies are intended for urban transport, with up to 140 km of range per charge, says Miloshev. Some of the electric motorcycles he sells have a speed of 100 km/h, which makes them practical for all Canadian roads, including highways. This makes it a convenient means of transportation for commuters who may need to use highways as part of their daily commute.

Many electric motorcycles sold in Canada are classified as Limited Speed ​​Motorcycles (LSM) with a maximum speed of 70 km/h. This makes it a suitable alternative for people who do not have a motorcycle license. This puts them in the same category as ICE motorcycles with engines up to 50CC. Unlike their ICE counterparts however, electric LSMs have instantaneous and higher torque, giving them faster acceleration and better performance in steep terrain.

Another advantage of electric motorcycles is that they can be configured according to their rider’s priorities, Miloshev points out. If long range is a higher priority than high power, an economy mode can be selected, increasing their range by up to 50%. If range and power are important, a second battery can be fitted to many electric motorcycles. Thanks to their programmability, unlike ICE motorcycles, an LSM can be upgraded to a faster motorcycle if the rider upgrades their driver’s license from a regular license to a motorcycle license.

Miloshev says the most popular electric motorcycle brands in Canada are Horwin, Super Soco and Kollter. All have LSM options and can be used with a regular driver’s license on all Canadian roads. If a faster version is preferred they can be upgraded to 100km/h for highway use if a person has a motorcycle licence.

There are different styles of electric motorcycles in terms of design, but the most distinctive difference is between the scooter type – where your feet are in front of you – and the riding type – where your feet are on either side of the bike.

Despite the public perception that scooter-type motorcycles are low-speed versions of motorcycles, scooter configurations of Super Soco and Horwin motorcycles are available with 100 km/h capability and require a motorcycle license to operate. They are also available in LSM with a maximum speed of 70 km/h for drivers without a motorcycle license.

All motorcycle batteries can provide up to 140 miles of range on a single charge, and the most popular urban motorcycle batteries are removable and can be charged at any standard 110V outlet. Based on current rates from BC Hydro, the average cost of electricity consumed per 100 km in urban areas is $0.32 BODY. In general, when all the expenses of an average 50 km/day trip in British Columbia are calculated, owning and using an electric motorcycle costs seven times less than owning a car and costs half as much as owning and to use a 125cc ICE motorcycle.

In fact, including all expenses and taxes, buying and using an electric motorcycle would cost you about the same as two years of using public transit in British Columbia, says Miloshev.

“In general, switching from a four-wheeled vehicle to an electric motorcycle saves an extra $1,000 per person per month in your household budget,” Miloshev said. “With an average price of $6,400 and reimbursement by the Government of British Columbia of $2,000, electric motorcycles have become the preferred form of transportation for many people. I did the math and if you switch from an internal combustion engine car to an electric motorcycle, the motorcycle will pay for itself within four months from the savings. If you switch from public transport to an electric motorcycle, it will pay for itself in 24 months. »

Monthly expense
for an average BC
daily trip*

ICE SUV

Medium
ICE Car

You’re here
Model 3

125 CC ICE
Motorbike

BC public
Transport passes

Electric
Motorbike

Gas**

$295.00

$172.00

N / A

$90.00

N / A

N / A

Insurance

$239.00

$153.00

$180.00

$39.00

N / A

$39.00

Monthly parking

$300.00

$300.00

$300.00

$45.00

N / A

N / A

Maintenance***

$120.00

$98.80

$50.00

$43.00

N / A

$6.70

Electricity

N / A

N / A

$25.00

N / A

N / A

$3.50

Battery cost

N / A

N / A

$55.00

N / A

N / A

$37.50

Monthly fee

N / A

N / A

N / A

N / A

$185.00

N / A

carbon tax

$17.70

$9.40

N / A

$3.87

N / A

N / A

Government
Discount in %

N / A

N / A

3 to 5% more
at $3,000

N / A

N / A

33% more
at $2,000

TOTAL

$971.00

$733.20

$610.00

$206.17

$185.00

$86.70

Monthly loan payment

$550.00

$400.00

$650.00

$109.00

N / A

$95.00

TOTAL

$1,521.00

$1,133.00

$1,260.00

$315.17

$185.00

$181.70

* A distance of 50 km in total is considered an average daily commute in British Columbia or 1,050 km per month for 21 business days. To add 33% extra in gas expenses for a full month.

** Gasoline price is based on $2.28/litre for Vancouver as of May 20, 2022

***Based on a Google search as an average cost for British Columbia

Electric motorcycles have a large reserve of energy, some with batteries that can even be used for your home’s basic energy needs. For a more moderate investment for solar panels or a wind turbine, we can make their transport 100% energy self-sufficient. There is a variety of motorcycle gear for people who care about using their bikes in rain and wintry conditions, including heated pants, jackets, gloves, and more. 100% waterproof which can ensure a comfortable ride even in winter. Fully enclosed windshields and helmets are also available on the market to protect cyclists from the elements. With the right equipment and winter tires, electric motorcycles can be used anywhere Canada through all seasons, notes Miloshev.

About Greenwit Technologies:

Greenwit Technologies is a Canadian company based in Vancouver, BC. Over the past two decades, through innovative engineering, manufacturing and distribution, Greenwit has become a Canadian leader in two- and three-wheel light-duty electric vehicles.

Greenwit Technologies is the exclusive distributor in Canada for the world’s leading brands such as Super Soco, Horwin, Kollter, Tromox and Evoke. As a design and engineering company, Greenwit will introduce its own brand of high-performance electric motorcycles next year.

In addition, Greenwit Technologies works closely with Transport Canada to ensure compliance of all vehicles with Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The company’s goal is to offer the widest range of manufacturers to its dealers and customers and to provide a flexible choice of products.

SOURCE Motorino Electric Cycles

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