The European Union is pushing hard to become the first continent that is carbon-neutral, with a self-imposed deadline of achieving that goal by 2050.
To help reach that end, the European Commission (the EU’s executive branch) has aimed for a 55% reduction in CO2 by 2030, and that cars and vans have a 100% CO2 reduction by 2035.
With initiatives in place to bolster electric charging points throughout the European Union, our friends across the pond are poised to make some drastic shifts in their transportation sectors.
To help boost the sales of electrics, the European Commission has also proposed legislation that would require member countries to install EV charging stations no more than 60 kilometers (~37 miles) apart on major roads by 2025.
This could mean 3.5 million charging stations in Europe by 2030, and up to 16.3 million charging stations by 2050.
While the 2035 ban on petrol vehicles only means the end of selling new cars and vans that are powered by internal combustion engines, one can see how the drive for electrified four-wheeler could spill over into the two-wheeled realm.
The one saving grace for petrol-powered motorcycles in Europe is the limiting form factor that come with a two-wheeler – with the current technology on capable of performance parity with something closer to a maxi-scooter.
The trajectory is set though, and no matter what your opinion is on the matter, the future of the motorcycle industry is electric.