New For 2020 With Amazing Range And Recharge Rates

Italian EV bike builder Energica rolls into the 2020 model year with something a little different; the new Eva Ribelle. This newest offering rocks a naked-sportbike look in a bid to expand its footprint while it acts as an ambassador for the electric sector in general – a genre that’s still scrabbling for mainstream acceptance. The Eva Ribelle relies on a new 21.5 kWh powerpack to deliver an impressive range, and it comes complete with a full ride-quality electronics suite and surprisingly fast recharge capacity along with safety equipment that should make it competitive against the current smoker bikes.

  • 2020 Energica Eva Ribelle
  • Year:
    2020
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  • Top Speed:
    125 mph
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2020 Energica Eva Ribelle Design

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As far as the overall look goes, the Eva Ribelle falls close to the same tree that bore the EsseEsse9 model but with some important differences.

As far as the overall look goes, the Eva Ribelle falls close to the same tree that bore the EsseEsse9 model but with some important differences. The first occurs right out of the gate with the dual headlights set in a small, naked-tastic fairing with a goggle-eyed look that is common among naked bikes, along with a small flyscreen that mainly protects the instrumentation bundle.

A full-color, 4.3-inch TFT display handles all the pertinent metrics, and it comes with a wireless Bluetooth connection to network with your mobile phone and a GPS receiver for real-time navigation assistance. To build on that foundation, the Energica Connected Ride feature turns your phone into a high-tech bike monitor so you can keep an eye on crucial information from a distance.

There’s a bit of rise to the bars, and that factors in with the other points of contact to form a somewhat relaxed rider’s triangle that leaves you with the option of tucking in racer style or pushing off for a more comfortable posture. The fuel-tank hump is a lie, but it does help the Eva Ribelle blend in with the usual crowd of smoker bikes and it comes with broad shoulders and a decisive wane for comfort where it meets the waist.

Below the tank you’ll find cowlings just like on the EsseEsse9 that cover all the way down to the chin fairing and belly pan, and that keeps the decidedly non-standard drive system mostly hidden from view. It’s all part of the effort to not appear to be too different at a glance like some EV bikes tend to be.

Whether they’ll admit it or not, I think vanity is a strong influence in most riders’ bike choices, and toward that end it’s hard to beat the visage Energica presents to the world. A lofted tail section and gunfighter-style seat forms a minimal pillion perch with subframe-mount, fold-up footpegs to wrap up the passenger’s goodies. The rest of the gear-in-the-rear is fairly typical with the taillight tucked up under the tail and the tag and rear blinkers mounted on a short, standoff-style mudguard backed up on spray-control duties by a swingarm-mount hugger.

2020 Energica Eva Ribelle Chassis

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The overall quality contributes to a ride that is plush and a bike that feels solid, even in the corners.

A tubular-steel Trellis serves as the main structure on the Eva Ribelle with cast aluminum as the material of choice for both the swingarm and the wheels that round out the rolling chassis. Pirelli Diablo Rosso III hoops in a 120/70 up front opposite a 180/55 make the connection to the pavement. The fact that the rubber comes with a Z rating should tell you all you need to know about the Eva Ribelle’s potential for performance.

To help you control all that energy, the factory chucks on all-around Brembo anchors with dual, four-piston calipers and 330 mm discs up front that provides 70-percent of the stopping power, and a 240 mm disc with a twin-piston caliper to slow the rear wheel and keep the rear end where it belongs; behind you. For safety’s sake, the Eva Ribelle rocks a Bosch ABS as well as an eABS feature plus an electronic brake that puts some juice back in the battery during “engine braking” maneuvers. All told, you have six levels of ABS intervention from which to choose.

The 43 mm Marzocchi front forks come off the top shelf with the full trinity of adjustments – rebound and compression damping plus preload – and the Bitubo shock out back hits two out of three with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload.

Frame: Steel Tubular Trellis
Swingarm: Cast Aluminum
Front Suspension: Marzocchi Ø43 mm, Adjustable Rebound and Compression Damping, Spring Preload
Rear Mono: Bitubo Rear Mono Shock Adjustable Rebound, Spring Preload
Front And Rear Wheel: Cast Aluminum: front 3.5” x 17” / rear 5.5” x 17”
Tire: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III – front 120/70 ZR17 / rear 180/55 ZR17
Chain: Regina, (16/44) 525 O-Ring Chain
ABS: Bosch Switchable
Front Brake: Brembo, Double Floating Discs, Ø330 mm, 4 Pistons Radial Caliper
Rear Brake: Brembo, Single Disc, Ø240 mm, 2 Pistons Caliper

2020 Energica Eva Ribelle Drivetrain

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The kiloWatt-to-horsepower conversion works out to 145 horsepower at 6,000 rpm,with all 159 pound-feet of torque are available as soon as you twist the right grip,

An oil-cooled, permanent-magnet motor on the Eva Ribelle converts electrical energy from the 21.5 kWh lithium power storage unit into kinetic energy at the rear wheel via an O-ring chain final drive. The kiloWatt-to-horsepower conversion works out to 145 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, but since it’s an electric drive, all 159 pound-feet of torque are available as soon as you twist the right grip; no need to wind it up to develop the full grunt. It’s a direct drive, so there’s no need to shift or mess with a clutch.

Power delivery is variable with four Riding Modes that let you dial in the personality you prefer, and the regenerative braking feature also comes with four settings for complete control over the system. In a bid to make it friendly in the parking lot, it comes with a Park Assistant feature that lets the bike creep both forward and backward at a slow, controllable 1.74 mph.

The large power pack is new for this year and is guaranteed for 1,200 cycles, three years or 31,000 miles, whichever comes first. An on-board, 3 kW charger takes care of business with a variety of charging modes that vary from 42 miles-per-charging hour up to 250 miles-per-charging hour through the DC fast-charge mode. City mileage is rated at a whopping 250 miles with 112 miles on the interstate and 143 miles combined,. More than any other detail, this gives the Ribelle a violent shove into mainstream practicality and should make it appropriate for just about any reasonable commute. I know it would certainly work for me, to be sure.

If you life in an area with seasonal riding, you’ll benefit from the Long Period Rest feature that automatically balances the batteries’ state-of-charge so you don’t lose capacity while laid up over the winter. All told, nobody knows how fast it’s absolutely capable of ’cause the factory has it governed at 125 mph, which again, should be good enough for any reasonable riding.

Motor:
Motor Type: Permanent Magnet AC, Oil Cooled
Torque: 159 ft lb
Power: Max power 145 hp at 6000 rpm, Continuous power 145 hp at 6000 rpm
Range: City: 250 miles – Combined: 143 miles – Extra-Urban: 112 miles (All range testing carried out in real-world conditions on actual road surfaces)
Riding Modes: 4 Riding Modes: Urban, Eco, Rain, Sport/ 4 Regenerative Maps: Low, Medium, High, Off
Park Assistant: Back and Forth (1.74 mph Max Speed)
Battery:
Capacity: Max 21.5 kWh / Nominal 18.9 kWh – lithium polymer
Life: 1200 Cycles @ 80% Capacity (100% DOD)
Warranty: on vehicle 2 years – on battery 3 years / 31.000 miles
Recharge: DC Fast Charge Mode 4: 250 mi/h, 80% charge in 40 min;Slow Charge Mode 2 or 3: 42 mi/h
Battery Charger: Onboard, [110-220]V [50-60]Hz, 3 kW. Conforms to Standards SAE J1772 and IEC 62196-2 with pilot signal for charging station interface
LPR Function: Long Period Rest: allows the maintenance and automatic balancing of the batteries during long period of non-use
Charge Interruption: The vehicle can be configured to autonomously stop the charge at a certain level. The user can configure this function through the dashboard

2020 Energica Eva Ribelle Pricing

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Pricing on the Eva Ribelle is still TBA at the time of this writing, but its sister bike, the Eva, rolls for $23,400.

Pricing on the Eva Ribelle is still TBA at the time of this writing, but its sister bike, the Eva, rolls for $23,400. It’s probably safe to use that as a ballpark starting figure for the Eva Ribelle. It rolls with a choice between Rosso Corsa (Racer Red) and Stealth Grey with a red Trellis frame for a nice bit of contrast.

Dashboard: Cobo, 4.3” WQYGA 480×272 TFT Colour Display, integrated GPS receiver and Bluetooth communication 16.7 million colours; 9 Warning Lights; 6 + 6 Current Consumption Lights; Ambient Light Sensor; Real Time Clock; GPS 10Hz. Possibility to view the closest charging stations when connected to MYEnergica App.
Connectivity: Bluetooth Low Energy and long Range ENERGICA CONNECTED RIDE
Controls: Vehicle Control Unit, Traction Control, Cruise Control
Colors: Rosso Corsa, Stealth Grey
Price: TBD

2020 Energica Eva Ribelle Competitors

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2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire
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Better charge time, better range, and a more affordable price puts the Eva Ribelle in a good position.

The EV bike field gets ever more crowded by the day, it seems. To go against the Eva Ribelle, I want to look at another newcomer that’s just rolling off the showroom floors; the LiveWire from Harley-Davidson. To say that this is a departure from the norm for the MoCo would be an exercise in understatement. Not only is it electric (boogie woogie woogie), but it has a sportbike bent that’s a new look for the brand unless you count the old Buell machines.

A naked-sportbike panache and exposed perimeter frame puts the LiveWire in much the same visual category as the Eva Ribelle. Harley runs with fully-adjustable suspension front and rear for a razor-thin advantage in the stems. The instrumentation is likewise similar with full-color, Thin-Film Transistor displays all around, and Harley takes steps to improve safety with cornering ABS, traction control, and drag-torque control as part of the standard equipment package. In doing so, it pretty much breaks even with the Energica ride.

The good news for the MoCo kinda’ peters out at this point; Harley powers the LiveWire with a 15.5 kWh battery, and while the charging times are similar with a DC Fast Charge rate of 40 minutes for an 80-percent charge just like the Ribelle, the level 1 and 2 charge is only 13 miles-per-charging hour. Range takes a hit too with 146 miles on the highway and 95 miles in the city, and I hate to say but Harley is going to have to do better if it wants the LiveWire to actually be competitive in the market.

It gets worse; depending on color choice, the LiveWire runs for either $29,799 in black and $30,149 for the color option, and when you combine that with the relatively poor mileage, it paints a pretty bleak picture for Harley’s first foray into the EV bike sector.

He Said

“No doubt about it, Italians have a definite eye for design, and it’s hard to beat the sexiness Energica brings to the table. If you’re a Shallow Hal, that’s enough by itself, but from a pragmatic point of view, Energica has a real winner on its hands here. Pricing is fairly reasonable, top speed is more than you’ll ever really need, and the range-per-charge makes it absolutely doable for most riders whether they’re commuters or weekend warriors. I’m digging it!”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “The advances in battery technology are progressing by leaps and bounds, and we’re finally starting to see ranges and recharge times that will make electric bikes practical instead of being novelties. Yes, range anxiety is a thing and can certainly mar your enjoyment of the ride. Anyway, the Eva Ribelle is a beautiful bike. Energica doesn’t skimp on the chassis, giving you good quality bits all around, and with 159 lb-ft of torque as soon as you crack the throttle, you can’t help but have a thrilling ride.”

2020 Energica Eva Ribelle Specifications

Motor:
Motor Type: Permanent Magnet AC, Oil Cooled
Torque: 159 ft lb
Power: Max power 145 hp at 6000 rpm, Continuous power 145 hp at 6000 rpm
Range: City: 250 miles – Combined: 143 miles – Extra-Urban: 112 miles (All range testing carried out in real-world conditions on actual road surfaces)
Riding Modes: 4 Riding Modes: Urban, Eco, Rain, Sport/ 4 Regenerative Maps: Low, Medium, High, Off
Park Assistant: Back and Forth (1.74 mph Max Speed)
Battery:
Capacity: Max 21.5 kWh / Nominal 18.9 kWh – lithium polymer
Life: 1200 Cycles @ 80% Capacity (100% DOD)
Warranty: on vehicle 2 years – on battery 3 years / 31.000 miles
Recharge: DC Fast Charge Mode 4: 250 mi/h, 80% charge in 40 min;Slow Charge Mode 2 or 3: 42 mi/h
Battery Charger: Onboard, [110-220]V [50-60]Hz, 3 kW. Conforms to Standards SAE J1772 and IEC 62196-2 with pilot signal for charging station interface
LPR Function: Long Period Rest: allows the maintenance and automatic balancing of the batteries during long period of non-use
Charge Interruption: The vehicle can be configured to autonomously stop the charge at a certain level. The user can configure this function through the dashboard
Chassis:
Frame: Steel Tubular Trellis
Swingarm: Cast Aluminum
Front Suspension: Marzocchi Ø43 mm, Adjustable Rebound and Compression Damping, Spring Preload
Rear Mono: Bitubo Rear Mono Shock Adjustable Rebound, Spring Preload
Front And Rear Wheel: Cast Aluminum: front 3.5” x 17” / rear 5.5” x 17”
Tire: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III – front 120/70 ZR17 / rear 180/55 ZR17
Chain: Regina, (16/44) 525 O-Ring Chain
ABS: Bosch Switchable
Front Brake: Brembo, Double Floating Discs, Ø330 mm, 4 Pistons Radial Caliper
Rear Brake: Brembo, Single Disc, Ø240 mm, 2 Pistons Caliper
Dimensions & Capacities:
Seat Height: 31.1″
Wheelbase: 57.7″
Length: 84.2″
Width: 34.25″
Height: 45.35″ (mirrors not included)
Max Speed: Limited at 125 mph
Electronics:
Dashboard: Cobo, 4.3” WQYGA 480×272 TFT Colour Display, integrated GPS receiver and Bluetooth communication 16.7 million colours; 9 Warning Lights; 6 + 6 Current Consumption Lights; Ambient Light Sensor; Real Time Clock; GPS 10Hz. Possibility to view the closest charging stations when connected to MYEnergica App.
Connectivity: Bluetooth Low Energy and long Range ENERGICA CONNECTED RIDE
Vehicle Control Unit: A Vehicle Control Unit implementing a multi-map adaptive energy and power management algorithm manages the vehicle. It constantly monitors batteries, even in key off position
Traction Control: Six levels of intervention combined with the existing eABS and the Bosch ABS
Cruise Control: Sophisticated cruise control system that uses the electronic brake to maintain speed and increase braking energy
Details:
Colors: Rosso Corsa, Stealth Grey
Price: TBD

Further Reading

Harley-Davidson LiveWire

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire
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Read our reveiew of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.

Energica Eva EsseEsse9

2018 - 2019 Energica Eva EsseEsse9
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See our review of the Energica Eva EsseEsse9.

Energica Eva 107

2019 Energica Eva 107
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See our review of the Energica Eva 107.

Energica

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TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read More
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