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The 2011 Milan International Motorcycle Show will be electric

There are forecasts that the electric scooter and motorcycle market will see significant growth over the next few years and the 2011 edition of the Milan International Motorcycle show (EICMA) looks set to bear witness to those predictions. Of course, we've seen some awesome reveals there before, but it seems as though this year the floodgates will truly open up.

There are quite a number of companies – many from the U.S. – that will have a strong electric presence on the show floor. We've put together a non-exhaustive look at what some of them are bringing to the party.

The big news has got to be Zero Motorcycles. They are using this international platform to launch their 2012 line up and, if the rumors are accurate, we'll see a totally revamped range of machines using a new motor design with bigger batteries and new bodywork. Word has it that the top speed of at least one model will be in the neighborhood of 100 miles per hour and have a range of 116 miles. Very exciting, yes?

Another bike reveal we're anticipating is from CRP Racing. The company has taken what it's learned from building and racing the eCRP 1.4 and translated that into something it refers to as "the Next-Gen Superbike." While we're short on details, we have high expectations. We also have more of this post after the jump.

One reveal we have caught a glimpse of is from the American company Evolve Motorcycles. It just launched a line of scooters a few weeks ago and on Friday tweeted a photo of a full-fledged electric motorcycle on its way to Milan. This exciting new company is also involved with integrating electric drivetrains into bikes by Parkers Brothers Choppers.

Of course, Brammo will be on hand with its own upcoming bikes and will officially launch the rent-and-ride BrammoParx. Mission Motors will also be present with the very sexy Mission R and will no doubt be busy fielding inquiries from companies looking for top-end tech.

Additionally, there are a couple of European companies with exciting news. As we told you earlier, Volta Motorcycles will be officially launching its BCN line. Then there's Gas Gas. According to our buddy over at PlugBike, the Spanish offroad specialists are launching an electric trials bike and plans on manufacturing as soon as January. You may remember seeing a prototype of that machine in action earlier this year.

So, as we were saying, this Milan event (more properly known as the Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori) should put the two-wheeled world on notice that a cleaner, quieter way of experiencing the road has arrived. It should be an interesting week and we can't help but wonder what surprises await.

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