Electric bikes are really coming along nicely and the market is responding in kind, evidenced by sales of Energica’s Ego outstripping production to the point that it reached “sold out” status just over halfway through the model year.
While the Ego and limited-production Ego45 are pure sex on two wheels, Energica designed the Eva as a more pragmatic, naked streetfighter meant to capitalize on the growing interest in minimalist/bare muscle bikes. This is an important move since it advances the cause and fosters the legitimacy of electric bikes in general by showing a selection of styles that smoker-bike riders will readily recognize.
Continue reading for my review of the Energica Eva.
Energica, one of several burgeoning Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturers around the world has a problem; it has managed to sell more units than it made, and in the first half of the year to boot. Granted it’s an enviable problem since it indicates a clear public interest in its products, but it’s a problem nonetheless.
To date, the Italy-based Energica has shortages on units sold in Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, England and The Netherlands, and the company is looking to expand into France, Belgium and Austria in the foreseeable future. One can hope the factory learned a lesson here and will bump up production to come closer to meeting demand.
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Welcome to our brave new world, where clean (green?) energy is finally emerging from under the corporate boot heels of big coal and oil interests. Technological leaps come quickly, and the various industries can scarcely keep up with the improvements as they scramble to take advantage of it. Recent advances in battery technology are giving rise to truly functional vehicular designs, and the 2016 Ego from Energica is an excellent example of just how viable electric bikes can be, at least as far as raw performance goes. In fact, this battery-powered adrenaline mill could give many dino-juice sportbikes a run for their money – as long as it was a short race, anyway.
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Energica Ego.
We live in a day and age where technological advancements abound, and it seems that nearly every week sees the release of something bigger-better-faster-smaller than before – by a significant margin. It is through this lens that I view the new, 2016 Ego45 from Energica. While I am unsure if the model name “Ego” means something in Italian, or if it’s a declaration of what the bike is meant to stroke, the end result is the same – this is one heck of a bike, electric or not!
Sure, there are a handful of other manufacturers making electric bikes, but in terms of performance and luxe features the Ego45 stands head and shoulders above the rest (so far). Any ambiguities in the name ends with the number “45,” as this is to be a numbered, limited-production model with only 45 scheduled to be built per special order. This adds an element of exclusivity to an otherwise already remarkable machine, and is sure to be a draw for riders who want that “little something extra.” Let’s take a look at what else you get with the Ego45, other than membership to a rather exclusive only-45-in-the-entire-world club.
Continue reading for my review of the 2016 Energica Ego45.
The new Energica Ego will be available for orders in 2015, but the company has released a preproduction model which is pretty close to the final version.
The new sports motorcycle represents a step into the future of electric two wheelers and is packed with a comprehensive list of modern technologies.
On paper, the Energica Ego’s specs look pretty cool. At its heart lies a permanent magnet ac (pmac), oil cooled motor that cranks out 100 kW available from 4900 rpm to 10500 rpm and 195 Nm of electric torque available at its peak from 0 to 4700 rpm. The engine can propel you to a top speed of 240 kmph and is powered by a set of 11.7 kWh batteries which offer a range of 150 km at a constant speed of 80 km/h or 50 km at maximum speeds.
For the moment, we don’t have the exact price of the motorcycle, but we can expect it to be somewhere around the $23,000 mark, which is a pretty decent number.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2015 Energica Ego.