It's an oddity, to me, to see so many car companies playing around with electric bicycles, while motorcycle companies on the whole are shying away from e-bikes entirely - even though motorcycles were born from bicycles.
Yes, the first motorcycles were bicycles with motors bolted on to them of course, so you'd think, almost expect, more motorcycle companies jumping on to the big and famous EBIKE BANDWAGON in an effort to "go back to their roots". In stead, we see far more automobile companies (those things with the 4 wheels instead of the 2 taking a heaping interest in 2-wheeled bicycles powered by electric motors and fueled by lithium batteries.
Why this interest from car companies and why almost zero interest from motorcycle companies?
Case in point- virtually no one owning a Ford has ever said to their dealership while comparing cupholders on a minivan - "Say, do you have any small little 2-wheel bicycles with a motor that can get me to and from work and not go too fast or cost me too much or require insurance and such?" But, on the other hand, many a motorcycle dealership has heard from newbie riders looking for small displacement "motorbikes" like they used to make, that didn't cost an arm and a leg and didn't threaten an arm and a leg by making it easy to go 155 MPH on the back straightaway of a race track.
And yet, hardly any motorcycle companies have stepped up with anything resembling an e-bike. KTM Industries, which is technically a separate from KTM motorcycles company does make great e-bikes and has for a long time. Polaris is also dabbling in them through licensing agreements. Benelli has come out with a great line. But where is Honda's e-bike? Where is the Yamaha e-bike?
The companies making excellent performance oriented e-bikes: Haibike, Felt, Lapierre, A2B are boldly filling a void that the motorcycle industry is shamefully ignoring, to their folly. Their bikes are making gas powered mopeds and scooters irrelevant and they take things a step further by creating a new category of performance and sport oriented small displacement motorbikes that blur the lines between bicycle and motorcycle.
So, on the one hand- there's the question - why isn't Kawasaki making an e-bike? But, on the other hand- why is Ford? Why is Audi?