Energica introduces the Eva electric streetfighter
Energica has followed on from its Ego superbike with the introduction of a second production model – the Eva electric streetfighter. Born in Modena, in the heart of Italy's Motor Valley, Eva is built around a downtuned version of the Ego's electric motor for longer range and rids itself of the full fairing for a pure streetfighter feel.
Energica Motor Company is the production outlet of the CRP Group, an Italian company with a long tradition in racing equipment and one of Europe's pioneers in electric motorcycles. The first model to roll out of the Modena production line was the Ego superbike, a thoroughbred Italian sport bike with impressive performance.
Eva, the second model from Energica, was unveiled in prototype form last year at EICMA, as a bare naked version of the superbike. Initially the Eva streetfighter was announced with the very same performance levels of the Ego, but in this year's EICMA Energica presented the final production model with a lower-spec version of the engine.
The oil-cooled permanent magnet AC motor of the Eva produces 95 hp (71 kW) of power and 170 Nm (125.4 lb-ft) of torque – compared to the 136 hp, 195 Nm (100 kW, 143.8 lb-ft) in superbike form. Power is transferred to the back wheel via a single speed transmission and a chain final drive. The top speed is electronically limited to 200 km/h (124 mph), more than enough for a motorcycle with absolutely no aerodynamic protection for the rider.
A Vehicle Control Unit monitors and regulates the battery, inverter, charger and ABS, offering four different riding modes (Urban, Eco, Rain and Sport), as well as four mappings for the regenerative braking function (Low, Medium, High and Off). The Eva's maximum range is achievable only in the Eco mode, while Sport is the engine mode of choice for those who wish to see 200 km/h on the digital dash.
The motor is powered by a 11.7 kWh battery pack with a theoretical life span of 1,200 charging cycles. It can be fully recharged in 3.5 hours at a standard power outlet, and the Eva is also equipped with an integrated fast charge system that can replenish its battery at 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes – provided it is plugged in an outlet that can fork out 60 amps.
The bike uses most of the Ego superbike's running gear, from the steel tubular trellis frame and the cast aluminum swingarm, to the Brembo brakes and the fully adjustable Bitubo rear shock. Only one difference stands out; last year's EICMA prototype had the same Marzocchi forks as the Ego, but in the final production version Energica surprisingly switched to a 43 mm inverted Ohlins unit.
For the time being no price has been specified, but we should logically expect the Eva slightly south of the €25,000 (US$27,300) price tag of the Ego. Energica informs us that the new model will be available sometime in 2016 in two colors, green and dark blue.
Get a small taste of the electric streetfighter in the first official video.