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Ridden: Energica Eva Electric Motorcycle

by Khiem Dinh

 

Electric cars are already common place on the streets of many cities. In Los Angeles, you have to check your surroundings carefully should a quiet Model S, Model X, Model 3 (I’ve actually seen a handful now), i3, Bolt, Volt, Leaf, 500e, or bazillion Prii be sneaking by. Electric motorcycles are still working their way into more general acceptance. The line of motorcycles from Zero Motorcycle are probably the best known, but they basically the Prius of electric motorcycles, i.e. they are great for commuting but not exactly that exciting. Enter the electric motorcycles from Energica which are the equivalent Teslas. 

 

The Ego is the sport bike platform. With electric motors putting out max torque starting from zero rpm, this thing has a ton of low-end. The motor has a claimed torque output of about 144 lb-ft from 0-4700rpm. From 4700-10500rpm, it’s a flat horsepower curve of about 135hp and that’ll move the bike up to 150mph. 

 

Yup, it’s an EV.

 

I rode the Eva which is the street fighter platform. My first bike was a 1998 CBR 600F3, and my current bike is a 2005 CBR 600RR, but I’ve been eyeballing a street fighter bike as my riding these days consists almost completely of work commuting, coffee shop runs, and the occasional canyon ride. Track days are few and far between sadly. So, I wanted to check out the handling differences between my traditional sport bike and a street fighter. First thing you have to get use to on an EV bike is the lack of a clutch lever and the associated lack of a shift lever. 

 

So many parts are machined from billet on this thing. 

 

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Crousti
Croustilink
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 8:13 AM
These bikes usually have 2 downsides : price, and range. No mention of these here either ?
spdracerut
spdracerutlink
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 5:41 PM
USA website:
http://www.energicamotorusa.com/

Europe website parce que je sais tu habites a France :) Je pense!
http://www.energicamotor.com/

They aren't cheap.... but the cost of EV motorcycles will come down like it has for EV cars.

It should be noted the FIM MotoE World Cup race bike is basically the fully track modded Energica Ego:
https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/news/fim-motoe-world-cup-launch-energica-1002505/
Crousti
Croustilink
Friday, February 09, 2018 1:08 AM
Thanks :D I have no problem reading english though. I was asking about range because it seems makers are usually very optimistic about it. We have some EV here that claim tesla 3 range... and yet can do maybe 1/3 of it.
Petrol bikes already have low range, so i was interested to see what they can do IRL, not on a brochure ;)
spdracerut
spdracerutlink
Saturday, February 10, 2018 10:52 AM
I was only on a very short ride. Around 10km. In Eco mode which limits top speed to 70mph, the range can be 120 miles. In Sport mode, it's listed as 40 miles range. Looking at the picture of the dash on page 4, it shows 39mile range with 94% full battery. So with that all said, the range will highly depend on how your ride it and increasing the brake regen to maximum would probably be the best option for max range in city riding. For highway riding, probably turn it off completely to get max range so you're not accidentally braking when just breathing off the throttle. The battery capacity is 11.7kWh. Of importance with li-ion batteries, the degradation of capacity is highly dependent on how you use it; i.e. how far you discharge it and how fast you charge it (it gets hotter with faster charging). To maximize life, you want to keep the battery in a relatively narrow range of state of charge, like 40%-80%. According to the specs, this battery will maintain 80% of original capacity after 1200 cycles of use at 100% DOD (depth of discharge I believe). So pretty much if you abuse the battery, it'll still have 80% capacity after 1200 cycles. The biggest battery Zero motorcycles offers is 18kWh and they state a range of 188miles city, 89 miles hwy. So with the Energica's having 1/3rd less capacity, 100lbs+ more mass, bigger/wider tires, the range estimates for the Energica's seems right relative to the Zero motorcycles.
Samuel
Samuellink
Sunday, February 11, 2018 6:23 PM
Did you felt in danger while riding an electric motorcycle? Because a lot of people think loud pipes saves life! (I'm being sarcastic)
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