A small company in Austria known as Johammer, named after the founder Johann Hammerschmid, is leading the way in the realm of electric motorcycles.

You might be thinking, “what’s so special about Johammer motorcycles? I’ve heard of other electric cycles here in the states.” True, you are right! There are other electric motorcycle companies here, however, the Johammer J1 is exceptionally environmentally friendly.

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The Johammer J1 is built to be completely recyclable, the body and frame are made of aluminum, the motors out of steel and the batteries are designed to be replaced after 5 years. After the batteries 5 years in your bike, they will be sent to be used as batteries for industrial power storage for another 20 years, similar to Tesla’s power storage farms in Australia and Puerto Rico. After the 25 year lifespan of Johammer batterie packs, they are able to be completely recycled again to produce more packs to start the cycle over again.


The supplies of all raw materials on this planet are limited. When we use valuable raw materials, it is our duty to ensure that the products we make from them are designed to last as long as possible. Recycling is inevitable and all very well, but something is always lost in the process, in addition to consuming even more energy.Johann Hammerschmid, Johammer CEO

The Motorcycles

Johammer makes two models of their J1; the J1.150 with a range of 150 kilometers (94 miles) and the J1.200 with a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles). The base price of the J1.150 is €22,900, or around $26,100 and €24,900 or about $28,300.

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The J1.150 has a 2 hour 20 minute charge time, vs. a 3 hour 30 minute charge time for the J1.200 model. The top speed for both models is 75 miles per hour. though the speed isn’t that of a conventional combustion engine, however, that seems to be the trade-off for those looking for a silent motorcycle and wanting to help the environment.

The J1 boasts a low center of gravity meaning an easier riding experience and an extremely light weight of only 350 to 390 pounds.

The introduction of new all-electric transportation alternatives from companies all around the world shows a global understanding of the need for renewable energy use and the desperate need to stray away from fossil fuel use to lower the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.