The world’s first curated exhibition of electric motorcycles opens next month at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
The “Electric Revolution” features 21 contemporary and historic electric two-wheelers, including prototype, production, off-road, racing, and custom bikes. The museum, which has featured motorcycles in the past, already has a permanent collection of alt-fuel vehicles that includes battery electric and hybrid cars like the Tesla Model S and the Fisker Karma.
“As the transportation industry moves toward electric-powered vehicles, it is our responsibility as a museum to accurately represent this progression with our exhibits,” said Petersen Automotive Museum executive director Terry L. Karges, in a statement. “Because of the growing popularity of e-bikes, we felt it was the right time to debut ‘Electric Revolution’ and show our audience how these ultra-stylish and contemporary designs are pointing the way to the future.”
Harley-Davidson is underwriting the exhibit, and sent along one of its new LiveWire electric motorcycles and a few prototypes from its EV program. Paul d’Orleans, co-founder of the Motorcycle Arts Foundation, curated the exhibition. It includes the lightweight, off-road Kalk e-bike from Swedish manufacturer Cake, custom bike builder Neil Connolly's Storm 36, and the production-ready, twin-motor Zeus from Curtiss Motorcycle Company Zeus. Alta Motors, France's Shiny Hammer, Blatant Moto, and artist/fabricator Joey Ruiter are among other fabricators and startups featured in the exhibit.
The Electric Revolution exhibit opens April 6 and runs through November.
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