Tuesday, May 14, 2013

FIM Announces E-MX Electric Motocross Event

e-mxElectric motorcycles have taken the motoring world by storm while electric cars languish on dealership lots. Is it the affordability of electric motorcycles, or is it the emphasis on performance and motorsports that has made them a success? Regardless, the FIM has announced the E-MX, a serious motocross event for serious electric motorcycle riding enthusiasts.

While the all-electric TTXGP (now known as the TT Zero) has garnered a lion's share of the attention, the new E-MX event forgoes road courses in favor of big jumps and loose dirt. The season began last week in Belgium, where big name riders like Stefan Everts will be riding the KTM Freeride-E electric motorcycle.

This electric motorcycle, which pro-rider Ronnie Renner recently flogged about Austria, is not yet available for public purchase, though it has received rave reviews from those who have ridden it. As manufacturers, including Zero Motorcycles, will be on hand, though the initial competition is limited to the KTM bikes.

We love to see the enthusiasm with which the motorcycle community has embraced electric vehicles, and this looks like the start of a fun racing series that should garner fans from every corner of the world.

Source: Autoblog Green

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