Energica Presents The EsseEsse9 Concept At EICMA 2016
Energica prototype has scrambler style and exposed batteries
At EICMA 2016, Italian electric motorcycle firm Energica unveiled this, the EsseEsse9 Concept. Resembling an electric scrambler of sorts, the EsseEsse9 was designed with a nod towards simplicity and to expose what until now was always hidden: the battery.
From a design sense, exposing the battery meant design had to carry forward in a way that wouldn’t obstruct the view. The bike is based on the same chassis seen on the Ego and Eva, but instead of fairings, a number plate hangs off the side with the number 9. Energica wanted to show off the battery’s patent-pending case, essentially ribbed and ventilated aluminum plates that dissipate battery heat, which is the primary killer of performance in electric vehicles. Until now these plates were always hidden by the fairings on both the Ego and Eva line of motorcycles.
EsseEsse9 is named after the major road that leads to the Italian Motor Valley, and is distinctive due to its cobblestone roads. To pay homage to those roads, Energica fit the EsseEsse9 with Pirelli MT60 RS tires – the knobbies representing the stones in the road. The seat and rear subframe section appear flatter and broader than that of the Eva, while the simple round headlight and exposed rivets on the radiator shrouds scream old-school industrial.
In other news, Energica also announced its Eva streetfighter will receive a new color scheme: Lunar White, to go alongside the current offerings of Electric Green and Dark Blue. The Ego sportbike will also receive this color scheme, as well as another option: Italian Flag, a tricolore livery available only upon special request.
Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at Motorcycle.com in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.
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