But the Energica Ego looks every bit a superbike, reaching a top speed of 240km/h with an electric motor that ‘roars’.

The Energica Ego, which has been designed and developed in Italy, was the brainchild of CRP Group, a Modena-based company that specialises in CNC machining and 3D printing for motorsports, aerospace and product design. Having discovered the cutting-edge ‘green’ technology to power the superbike, it needed a design team that would give it the style to match.

“I have been a motorcycle designer for 15 years and I have worked for some of the most important Italian brands like MV Agusta, Piaggio, Gilera and Benelli,” says Paolo Maria Iemmi, design manager at Energica. “When CRP Group asked me to design the first Italian electric superbike, I immediately took the challenge.

I was excited to be part of this innovative and pioneering project.” However, Iemmi knew that his task would not be an easy one. Italy has a very strong motorcycle heritage, with bike design featuring a balance between technology, innovation and tradition. “An Italian motorcycle should also excite and transmit passion and I have focused my work on these topics to outline the guidelines of Energica Ego,” says Iemmi.

“My idea was to create a beautiful, innovative and, above all, ‘honest’ Italian superbike. The electric propulsion system has been a source of inspiration during the entire development of the motorcycle’s style. You can see this in Energica’s ‘hawk-like’ eyes or in its body shape that looks like a wave,” adds Iemmi.

However, the design of the bike would ultimately be different from a petrol one because although it can reach the same high performance – 100kW of motor power and 195N/m of torque from 0rpm to 4700rpm – it doesn’t house a traditional engine and exhaust system. Also, whereas traditionally bikes have soft and rounded edges, the battery pack and many of the electric and electronic components are rectangular in shape, which had an impact on the design.

“These are obstacles but they are also important incentives to rethink and evolve the concept of motorcycles. In our specific case, in order to develop a powerful vehicle it was necessary to draw openings and include dynamic air intakes. This requirement has influenced the design of the motorcycle, helping to give it style and personality,” explains Iemmi.

An added benefit of not losing out on performance and style is that the rider is also being kinder to the
environment. The batteries can be recharged within 3.5 hours with a normal electrical outlet or to 80 per cent of capacity in less than 30 minutes with direct current charge. The battery has a nominal capacity of 11.7 kWh.

Having successfully launched the production version of Energica Ego at the EICMA 71st International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan during November 2013, the electric superbike will be available for purchase worldwide in 2015 in matt pearl white and matt black, both of which feature the brand’s signature green front fender. 

 

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