Energica joins the electric motorcycle arms race with its all-electric Ego Superbike. Learn more in the 2015 Energica Ego Quick Ride test.
- CRP stands for Cevolini Rapid Prototyping. It’s a collection of companies that specialize in engineering, computer numerical control (CNC) machining, and 3D printing for the motorsport, aerospace, and automotive industries, with headquarters in Modena, Italy. CRP has also established an U.S. arm located in Mooresville, North Carolina to better serve American customers, which include NASA, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
- Similar to an all-electric car, the Ego is plugged into an electrical power source allowing the batteries to recharge and power the electric motor inside the motorcycle.
- The Ego looks, feels, and performs like a real motorcycle. It’s astounding how fast it accelerates at lower speeds.
- Italian engineering group, CRP, has a production all-electric superbike ready to go. It goes on sale in the U.S. in spring, 2015 at a cost of $34,000.
- Sporting top-shelf components from Marzocchi, Ohlins and Brembo, the Ego is a seriously capable sportbike despite being powered by electricity only.
- The charging inlet is located underneath the rider’s seat. With access to a 220-volt power supply, the Ego can be charged to 80% in 3.5 hours. Range depends on usage and road conditions but Energica claims its capable of traveling 93 miles at a constant 50 mph.
- The Ego’s electronics and motor/battery management systems were all developed in-house by CRP in Modena, Italy. It’s impressive how intuitive the systems work making the motorcycle very easy to ride.
- The Ego wears top-shelf braking hardware from Brembo. Considering that it weighs 585 pounds it certainly needs heavy-duty stopping power.
- The Energica website allows would-be buyers the opportunity to “reserve” their motorcycle for an refundable deposit of 500 Euro ($671.84).
- The Ego is powered by an oil-cooled alternating current-style electric motor capable of producing an astronomical 144 lb-ft of torque from 0 to 4700 rpm.