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Updated August 2020

Compared to some of the other manufacturers you’re more familiar with, Energica electric motorcycles is relatively new to the scene, having entered the electric motorcycle business in 2009. However, Energica is a subsidiary of the CRP Group, which has been a leader in manufacturing for the motorsports industry for over 45 years.

In 2009, the opportunity to develop a fully electric racing motorcycle was taken, and hence the eCRP project was born.

After two years of racing, the Group started working on a road-legal electric bike. Thanks to the CRP technologies developed for aerospace and F1, the Energica project was born.

In 2006, CRP Racing was established as the racing department of CRP Technology. From 2007 to 2010 CRP Racing started to race in the major Italian championships: the Honda Trophy (125cc) and the Italian Road Racing Championship (CIV).

The team achieved many victories during these years and good placements as a wild card in the 125cc MotoGP World Championship.

Starting in 2010, the team designed and created a real racing motorbike, the eCRP that took part in the first TTXGP championship and the e-Power FIM Championship. The e-CRP was runner-up in the world championship in 2011 and European Champion in 2010.

In 2018, Energica was chosen by Dorna as the single manufacturer for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, starting in 2019.

The sportbike model, the Ego, will be used by teams racing the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, in a form modified for racing use, called the Ego Corsa.

Ego/Ego+

Coming to us from Italy is Energica and its three model offerings on our list of best electric motorcycles. First on the list is the Ego, Energica’s Italian electric sportbike. Boasting a 13.4 kW, air/oil-cooled lithium polymer battery and air/oil-cooled permanent magnet motor, the Ego puts out a claimed 107kW (roughly 145 hp) and 148 lb-ft of torque – numbers Energica says give it greater performance than 600cc internal combustion sportbikes.

Upgrade to the Ego+ and battery capacity jumps to 21.5 kW, thanks to technology linked directly to the Energica Ego Corsa raced exclusively in the MotoE championship. Torque also gets a boost compared to the base model, to 159 lb-ft. The huge battery also gives the Ego a claimed range of up to 250 miles, the longest claimed range of any production electric motorcycle.

It’s all wrapped inside a steel trellis frame, typical for an Italian motorcycle. The brains for all Energica models is the VCU (Vehicle Control Unit), designed and developed completely in-house to best manage power.

Boasting technologies like different ride modes, regenerative braking, a “coast” feature allowing the motorcycle to freewheel, Brembo brakes, Marzocchi fork, Bitubo shock, and a colorful 4.3-inch TFT display, the Ego comes loaded with high quality components, much like you’d expect from an Italian sportbike. With a Mode 4 DC supercharger, reaching 80% charge from zero can be achieved in under 30 minutes. Otherwise, reaching 100% from nil can take as much as eight hours from a standard 110v wall outlet. We’ve ridden the Ego and came away impressed with the power and the way it’s delivered, but we had small gripes about the handling and big gripes about its excessive weight, coming in at nearly 600 lbs. Price starts at $19,540 for the base version and $23,870 for the Ego+. Visit the Energica website for more information.

Eva Ribelle

The Eva Ribelle is what happens when you take the Energica Ego, strip it of some fairings, and mount handlebars to it. Streetfighters are all the rage lately, and at their core, streetfighters are essentially naked versions of their sportbike derivatives with better ergonomics. The Eva Ribelle is no different. Battery and motor remain the same (meaning the Ribelle gets the 21.5 kW battery). Price for the Eva Ribelle is slightly less than the Ego+, at $22,160, which might be the deciding factor for some as to whether they prefer the sportbike or the naked. Interestingly, we last rode the Eva in 2016, and back then T-Rod scratched his head about the reduced performance output from the Eva despite sharing the same components as the Ego. However, a look at the 2018 Eva web page now states equal performance between the two. Either way, the same highlights and lowlights remain.

Eva Esseesse9

If the streetfighter fad is already losing its luster for you, maybe the newest fad – cafe racers – is more your thing? If so, the Eva Esseesse9 (SS9, named after Via Emilia (SS9), an ancient Italian road built in 187 BC to connect Rimini to Piacenza, along Italy’s Motor Valley where Energicas, Ferraris and Lamborghinis are manufactured) might be for you.

Based on the same underpinnings as the Ego and Eva, the Eva Esseesse9 and Esseesse9+ take their styling in a more classic direction. The angular headlight from the Eva is gone, replaced with a classy round unit. A pleated brown leather seat is less dished than the Eva’s, bodywork is slightly tweaked, and bar and peg position are revised for a little more comfort.

Performance-wise, despite carrying the same hardware as the Ego and Eva, overall output for the base Esseesse9 is slightly down. Still, a claimed 80 kW (109 hp) and 133 lb-ft of torque are nothing to sneeze at, and when Kevin Duke rode the Esseesse9, he confirmed the bike is still plenty fast in a straight line. Full details about the bike can be found in the link to Duke’s review, but needless to say, the highs and lows from the Ego and Eva still remain.

The Esseesse9+ gets a boost in torque to 148 lb-ft, along with the 21.5 kW battery. Energica says mileage can reach 250 if you’re tooling on city streets, but can still top 100 miles in highway use. Like all Energicas, DC fast charging allows you to fill up with electrons quickly.

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