So while Elon Musk captivates the world by adeptly juggling Tesla, SpaceX and Hyperloop and becoming the absolute darling of the global tech media, an Italian two-wheeler maker is doing its own thing revolutionizing the electric sportbikes. Maybe you have heard it, maybe not, but as we stumbled upon these machines, we found it worthwhile to bring them to your notice anyway.
Energica Motor Company S.p.A. is the first Italian manufacturer of supersport electric motorcycles. Headquartered in Modena, Italy, the company is a subsidiary of CRP Group – a leading name in the world of international motorsports. The company is also a pioneer in 3D printing, having invented the “Windform” material that revolutionized the 3D printing world. With its thorough participation as a technological partner with F1 teams and a 3D printing pioneer, the company formed Energica.
The products from the company stable include the Energica Ego supersport, Ego 45 special edition and the more recent Energica Eva streetfighter.
The Ego comes with a synchronous oil-cooled motor with 136 hp of power between 4900 rpm to 10500 rpm and a peak torque of 195 Nm from 0 rpm to 4700 rpm. Acceleration is litre-class bike matching, with 0-100km/h disposed in 3 seconds, and a top speed of 240km/h. The company claims that due to its unique electric thrust the electric superbike is faster than a 600 supersport.
The bike doesn’t have a gearbox or a clutch. The ride-by-wire system allows you to control the acceleration torque of the motor and deceleration based on the regenerative torque or engine braking. Between acceleration and regeneration, you also have a coasting ‘neutral’ feature.
Controlling the systems on the EGO is a sophisticated Vehicle Control Unit. The Ego’s battery, inverter, charger and ABS are constantly monitored and managed by the VCU. The system is constantly monitoring and adjusting the motor’s power according to the throttle thrust 100 times per second while riding.
The bike comes with 4 riding modes – STANDARD, ECO, RAIN and SPORT along with 4 regenerative Maps – LOW, MEDIUM, HIGH and OFF.
The PARK ASSISTANT on the bike limits both the speed and the torque of the vehicle while parking or reversing. The PARK ASSISTANT works in both directions (forward and reverse) with maximum speed of 2.8 km/h and maximum torque 50Nm.
Braking is provided by Brembo and the ABS system is by Bosch. Wheelie control is also on offer. Featuring a 4.3 inch digital color dashboard from COBO TFT, all the information is clearly displayed on the instrument panel.
The bike can be recharged through outdoor charging stations or at home. The range of the motorcycle is specified at 150 km @ 80 km/h, 190 km @ 60 km/h and 100 km @ 100 km/h.
The EGO45 is a more luxurious and more expensive version of the vanilla EGO. Highlights include 3D printed parts and special bits from the world of F1. It’s a limited edition model, and only 45 of the exclusive model would be ever made. Tech specs are similar to the standard Ego
The EVA is a streetfighter rendition of its supersport EGO cousin. Power is rated slightly lower than the supersport Ego at 95 hp, torque is rated at 170 Nm. The lower power, however, has resulted in an increase in the range, which is now rated at 200km (in ECO mode) with a top speed of 200km/h in Sport mode.
The vehicle control units and charging methodology for the bike remains the same as the Ego.
Check out a video and image gallery of the three bikes below