Electric motorcycles, or e-bikes, are coming out in the market faster than lightning, with most major manufacturers having one or two in the design or production pipeline, not including current major players Energica, Zero and Brammo. A new player in the field is Sur-Ron, from China, with its current offering, the “White Ghost”.

Claimed to come with a sub USD 3,000 (RM11,700) price tag, the White Ghost is designed for short urban trips. Carrying a 10 kilowatt electric motor that is the equivalent of 13.4 hp, this e-bike has a 100 km/h top speed powered by a 4.2-kilowatt hour, 60-volt battery that takes three hours to go to full charge.

Power is transmitted through a two-speed, dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox, apparently a first for a China made e-bike. Suspension is with upside-down telescopic fork in front with a monoshock in the rear, and ABS is standard equipment.

This is enough to carry the White Ghost to a distance of 100 km, depending on which of the three riding modes is selected. The first two modes – Economy and Sport – are self-explanatory while the third mode, “Turbo”, boosts power by 20% for 20 seconds to allow for over taking or riding uphill.

Several modern conveniences are included in design of the White Ghost, including a storage space where the fuel tank would be for a normal motorcycle. Also included is full LED lighting all-round, with the headlight being a two-element projector light unit flanked by two DRLs, which Sur-Ron calls “Soul-Eye”.

At the back, the brake lights and indicators are integrated, changing colour and flashing as necessary. On the inside of the fairing, green LEDs add “atmosphere lighting” to the White Ghost, combined with cornering lights that come on as the rider leans the e-bike.

Activating the White Ghost is with a keyless fob, which also includes a vehicle location feature and functions as a flashlight. The 2018 Sur-Ron White Ghost is currently under-going type approval and homologation in China for export sales.