Yadea introduces the Keeness VFD, its first electric naked bike
It offers the same level of performance as a 125cc gas motorcycle. Electric motorcycles are here and they are here to stay. It seems hard to accept, but it's a reality that the global motorcycle industry embraces with open arms. As we already know, many countries aim to completely phase out gas engines in just over a decade, so manufacturers are more motivated than ever to produce electric vehicles.
There are a number of interesting prospects in the electric motorcycle market, especially for people like me who prefer performance machines to commuter scooters. While high-performance electric motorcycles with the equivalent power of 650cc to 700cc bikes are far and few between, a number of new 125cc-equivalent sportbikes and naked bikes have been launched. This naturally means that more powerful electric powertrains are being developed and it's only a matter of time before we see electric motorcycles become much faster and more affordable.
While we're on the subject of 125cc electric motorcycles, Chinese manufacturer Yadea recently unveiled its latest naked bike called the Keeness VFD. Despite being in the electric motorcycle business since 2001, it's only now that Yadea has moved away from scooters and introduced us to something sportier. In terms of styling, the Keeness isn't that special, in the sense that it's pretty much the same as every other modern naked bike on the market with its pointed lines and boxy bodywork.
In terms of power, the Yadea Keeness has a mid-mounted electric motor capable of producing a peak power of 10 kW or approximately 13.4 horsepower. Torque figures reach a hefty 280 Nm or 206.5 ft-lbs. As for range, we're looking at 140 kilometers (87 miles) on a single charge thanks to two removable lithium-ion batteries. The batteries together weigh 14 kilograms and have a total capacity of 4.6 kWh. Like most road bikes, the Keeness sits on 17-inch wheels at both ends and has a five-inch LCD display that informs the rider of relevant information.
Yadea is expected to launch the Keeness in early 2023, however pricing has not yet been revealed.