With electric motorcycles seemingly popping up everywhere, it comes as a surprise to no one that the Italians would eventually want a piece of this pie.
Originally the Energica Ego was scheduled to be released in 2014 but, as we have seen with many electric motorcycle companies that decide to venture into uncharted territory, innovation comes at a cost.
According to the Energica, the Ego produces nearly 135 hp and 143 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 149 mph. Range is said to be 93 miles on a single-charge, and the starting price will be $25,000. This puts the Energica Ego out ahead of the competition but, numbers on paper are just that, numbers on paper.
The story of the Energica Ego starts back in 2010, when the Modena based firm of CRP Racing, with has nearly 40 years of Formula One expertise, released the eCRP 1.0 race bike.
One of the earliest motorcycles to be engineered and manufactured around an all electric design, versus a conversion to electric from internal combustion, CRP went on to release 1.2 and 1.4 versions, but these bikes were designed strictly for the track.
For the past four years though, there have been rumors and promises that the now called Energica brand would be releasing a road worthy version of its eCRP 1.4 which first debuted at the 2011 EICMA show in Milan. An entirely new vehicle from the eCRP 1.4, the Ego is built by the same experts at CRP Racing.
Despite being the only publication to ride all the top electric superbikes (read our reviews on the Mission R and MotoCzysz E1pc), Asphalt & Rubber wasn’t one the few outlets to try the Energica Ego last year in Italy. We’ll have to wait and see then how this Italian firms stacks up to the competition when the Ego is released next year.