Electric Engine vs. Gasoline Engine | The main differences


If you are a new reader, you may be wondering what the main differences are between an electric motor and a gasoline motor. Let me remind you that the benefits and reasons to buy an electric motorcycle or scooter are many and we have mentioned it extensively here.


Let's start from the beginning, with a first and most remarkable difference between a motorcycle that uses gasoline and one that uses electricity.

1) Sound

This is the characteristic sound. As electric motorcycles run on energy stored in batteries there is no need for an internal combustion engine. So an electric motor reduces noise and even vibration to a minimum as electric motors do not require an exhaust that produces sound that is synonymous with gasoline-powered motorcycles. Perhaps this difference is one reason many riders are reluctant to make the transition from a petrol to an electric motor.

2) Change gears

The next important difference is the gear change. With electric motorcycles, in general, there is no gear change as we know it. While for the more experienced riders, shifting is a driving habit, we would say, as a second nature, for young riders accustomed to an automatic transmission, perhaps from their car, it can be difficult to learn the changes.

However, demanding riders looking for an electric motorcycle with a 5-speed manual transmission will find what they are looking for at WheelnWater. This is the CR6 PRO, a special electric motorcycle which is one of the first in the world to have a five-speed manual transmission, guaranteed by Horwin.

3) Maintenance

A third not at all negligible difference one encounters is maintenance. In electric motors, there is no internal combustion engine and this eliminates many of the tasks performed on gasoline engines, in which we must continue to change the oil spark plugs and adjust the valves at the recommended intervals.

On electric motorcycles all you have to worry about is brake fluid and tires! This difference alone can make things a lot easier for someone who has just started driving. An extensive analysis of the issue of maintenance has been made in the article entitled Why Does Electric Finally Cost Less Than Fuel?

4) Autonomy / Supply

The next big difference is covering the distance that can be covered and the refueling (or recharging) required. Gasoline-powered motorcycles have a significant advantage when it comes to the distance you can travel over an electric motorcycle that batteries today can not store as much power as a petrol tank. However, advances in technology are galloping on batteries. Read more about batteries here.

Electric motorbikes may take a few hours to recharge, while refueling the petrol tank may take a few minutes. Electric motorcycles are ideal for commuting in the city, but when it comes to very long trips the charger network can be a limiting factor. However, it is constantly expanding and it is a matter of time before there is an adequate network of chargers.

5) Torque

The fifth and final difference between a petrol and an electric motorcycle is none other than torque. Most electric motorbikes today have a very significant torque. Gasoline engines with internal combustion engines need a few minutes before they reach maximum power and torque, but for electric cars the maximum power and torque is reached almost immediately at 0 rpm. This momentary momentum can be an issue that requires familiarity for new riders.

If you are a new rider, we have taken care of you by creating an electromobility showroom to test the feeling and driving experience with a state-of-the-art electric motorcycle.