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Old 03.03.2017, 21:02
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Importing Electric Motorbike from US or Canada?

Been thinking of changing bikes for several years and have been looking at Electric bikes recently. In particular Zero Motorcycles http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/

However the EU prices seems to be ca. 50% higher (10k vs 15k). So was wondering if it would be possible and economical to import from the US?

Anyone have any experience of doing this, or information.

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Old 03.03.2017, 22:33
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Re: Importing Electric Motorbike from US or Canada?

I am not an expert on this, but 25 years ago I imported a Fiat car, so I have a little to offer you.

The first problem is that all imported vehicles must pass a mechanical inspection, fairly soon after arrival.

If the exact same vehicle was previously manufactured or imported into another European country, the procedure is very easy.

If the same type of vehicle was imported before into Europe you might have an easier time, as there will be standards certified by the manufacturer and accepted by the Swiss testing station. You would need to contact the Swiss manufacturing agent and buy the "Certificate of Conformity" from him.

But if this type of vehicle was never imported into Switzerland, the Swiss tester has no standards to test the vehicle against. Such things as the type of headlight, the type of wheels, the weight on each axle, the noise driving past as measured at the curb side. The list is almost endless. In this case, you can still import the vehicle yourself, but you can expect an enormous bill for the testing..!

Maybe that extra 5,000 is worth paying after all.
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Old 04.03.2017, 10:42
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Re: Importing Electric Motorbike from US or Canada?

My first question would be how can I recharge it here. Look's like it made to plug into a normal wall outlet. Second would be honoring the guarantee if anything should go wrong. Not so easy to send it back in for repair.
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Been thinking of changing bikes for several years and have been looking at Electric bikes recently. In particular Zero Motorcycles http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/

However the EU prices seems to be ca. 50% higher (10k vs 15k). So was wondering if it would be possible and economical to import from the US?

Anyone have any experience of doing this, or information.

Thanks.
Hello. I might be able to help you with the transportation and importing of it if you are interested.
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Old 10.03.2017, 13:56
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Hello. I might be able to help you with the transportation and importing of it if you are interested.
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Old 10.03.2017, 14:18
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Re: Importing Electric Motorbike from US or Canada?

Some facts

Import duty here

Rules for e-bikes/electric bikes
The minimum age for riding an electric bike is 14.
Young people under the age of 16 need a category M driving licence (motorised bicycle). For information on driving licence categories see. No licence is needed over the age of 16.
E-bikes must use cycle lanes.
Slow e-bikes (up to 25km/h) are allowed to use roads signposted “no motorised bicycles”. Fast e-bikes can only use these roads with their motor switched off.
Pedal-assisted e-bikes with a speed of over 25 km/h still need a number plate and vignette.

So far as I can see Pedal-assisted e-bikes with a speed of under 25 km/h are not regulated; I mean you do not have to have them tested at the Strassenverkehrsamt. This needs to be confirmed
They say you can phone the Strassenverkehrsamt to get advice.

There seem to be different regulations for e-bikes with a speed of over 45 km/h?
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Old 10.03.2017, 14:19
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My first question would be how can I recharge it here.
http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/charging/

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There seem to be different regulations for e-bikes with a speed of over 45 km/h?
This isn't an e-bike, it's an electrically powered motorcycle, and thus motorcycle regs apply.

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Re: Importing Electric Motorbike from US or Canada?

Charging points:

http://ccs-map.eu/

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http://www.goingelectric.de/stromtankstellen/Schweiz/
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This isn't an e-bike, it's an electrically powered motorcycle, and thus motorcycle regs apply.

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Some others in this league, are
https://www.brammo.com/
http://www.energicamotor.com/
http://www.johammer.com/

The last has a very unique design but supposedly the longest range of all. It has a cool breaking/recouping future: You can turn the throttle to negative for decelerating. You can even drive backwards this way. When I tested it it felt very natural and logical for an e-bike.
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Re: Importing Electric Motorbike from US or Canada?

+1 on Brammo I test rode one in the US but couldnt justify buying since I lived more than useable range from dealership. And drove a lot more then. Here it would be awesome, love the instant torque 😀

Ive been researching electric motorcycle conversion for older bikes lately but not sure on rules of such in Switzerland.
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Re: Importing Electric Motorbike from US or Canada?

Test rode the Brammo. It is a nice bike. Also tried the johammer, but this was awful, does not steer like a normal bike (motor or push bike) has a steering rack of sorts. At a junction I nearly reversed into a car by accident (twisted throttle forward. Do like the fact you can use the engine to brake using the throttle. Most bikes recover energy as well but think the johammer solution is unique.

The Zero is available in Switzerland and Europe, so not a big issue getting it tested. Just need a copy of the CoC for it.

I imported a car from Germany so know the drill....

What I like about the zero is no gearbox, and belt drive, so little maintenance.

I will look into this when I have a bit more time, just put new front disks and things on my current bike so no rush to change. Been reliable for over 20 years but time to change it (CBR 600).

Plenty of companies offering to do this:
https://www.google.ch/webhp?sourceid...le+to+europe&*

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Re: Importing Electric Motorbike from US or Canada?

First step I guess if find the cheapest route (from where in the US or Canada), then find a dealer in the area. Looks like it would cost around $1000 to ship.

Shipping Estimates: https://www.schumachercargo.com/moto...-from-usa.html

Motorbike shipping rates to Europe start as low as $599 depending on the dimensions, US departure location and which EU base port is used.

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