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Johammer J1 electric motorcycle looks like a snail, goes like a cheetah

Two-wheeled Johammer J1 motorbike can travel 124 miles before running out of juice.

Ignore the fact it looks like a snail from the Disney animated film Turbo – the Johammer J1 electric motorcycle from Austria is a potent mixture of motorbike thrills and eco-friendly motoring in a love or hate aluminium package.

Two versions of the Johammer J1 are available to buy. The J1.200 has a 12.7kWh battery pack, which gives it a range of 124 miles on a single full charge. It weighs 178kg and is capable of 75mph ─ enough to cruise on a UK motorway without angering fellow motorists.

The cheaper J1.150 can also manage 75mph, but has a smaller 8.3kWh battery. This knocks the range down to 93 miles and the weight to 159kg. Charging time for the J1.150 and J1.200 is 2.5 hours and 3.5 hours, respectively, for 80 per cent capacity.

A 2.4-inch high-resolution display shows you the important stuff such as your speed and how much battery you have left. Much of the electric gear necessary in running the motorbike can be found integrated in the back wheel, which is predominantly covered by the body.

The J1 is a strange beast when it comes to aesthetics, we’ll say that much. The front lamps, for instance, look like exhaust pipes so the whole thing appears backwards. We can at least appreciate its futuristic styling. What do you reckon?

The Johammer J1 comes in five colours: silver, white, blue, yellow and green. Expect to pay €23,000 (£18,954) for the J1.150 and €25,000 (£20,602) for the J1.200. That’s car money, granted, but in a few years it could pay for itself if the alternative is filling up with petrol and diesel.

We’ve seen a few electric motorcycles turning up, the most recent of which was the pocket rocket that is the Voxan Wattman.

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