With major manufacturers still dragging their feet on electric performance bikes, it’s up to smaller, independent factories to forge the future of battery-powered motorcycles. Italy’s Energica has just announced the 2015 revision of its Ego street superbike. At 100 kW (134 horsepower), 195 Nm (143.8 lb.ft) and 11.7 kWh of battery on board, it’ll be a road rocketship capable of an emission-free 240 km/h (149 mph) top speed … and it looks the part of an exotic Italian sportsbike, too.
Energica, brainchild of race engineering specialists the CRP Group, has been building electric streetbikes with a typical Italian design flair and high performance since 2011, and the company has just rolled out its latest lithium-powered rocket, the Ego.
The hand-crafted Ego now features an 11.7 kWh battery, good for between 100 and 200 km (60-120 miles) worth of range depending on how hard you’re thrashing it. The motor puts out a peak of 100 kW (134 horsepower), but as with all electrics it will feel much, much stronger than that figure suggests due to a monstrous 195 Nm (143.8 lb.ft) of torque, which kicks in immediately from 0 rpm.
Charging the battery through a wall socket will take 3.5 hours from flat to full, or 30 minutes for an 80 percent charge using an optional fast charger.