moto eléctrica

VOLTA MOTORBIKES of Barcelona, Spain is offering two electric motorcycles with an average range of 43.4 miles (70 km) and a top speed of 74.5 mph (120 km/h). The bikes are targeted directly at urban riders, described as “the right formula to allow you to have fun in the city.” With 70 km of range, you’ll need to stay in or around the city – no weekend jaunt to Girona. My friend who lives in Barcelona would probably chide me with “that’s why they invented trains.”


The range and top speed of a Volta is reminiscent of the Brammo Enertia (below), formerly made in Ashland, Oregon but no longer in production. While the Enertia’s limited range wasn’t the only thing that impeded sales, it was certainly a contributing factor. Whether range will impact Volta sales or not should provide insight into the Spanish buyer. America does not have the same alternate transportation infrastructure, and the Spanish seem far more practical when it comes to getting from point A to point B.
By contrast, an entry-level American-made Zero S has almost 3 times the range of the BCN City – up to 121 miles / 195 km – with a top speed of 95 mph / 153 km/h. However, at € 12,700*, it costs € 4,705 more than the recommended price of the BCN City. That’s a lot of train rides to Girona. To be fair, a top of the line Zero CAN take you to Girona and back (with an impressive 185 miles / 317 km of range) – but costs an additional € 12,873.

Talk about train rides.

Will Catalonia embrace zero-emissions riding with a home-grown moto eléctrica? Visca Catalunya!

*Pricing listed on – public subsidies and zero emissions incentives not included in this barrage of numbers.

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