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Jul 23, 2014

Energica EGO 45 Electric Superbike Introduced To The American Press

The EGO 45 boasts 136 horsepower, 145 lbs.-ft. of torque and top-shelf suspension and braking components. Photo by Michael Gougis, copyright Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

Italian-based Energica brought its new all-electric EGO 45 luxury Superbike to Southern California to introduce the public and press to the road-going, fully-faired, 150-mph sportbike that is scheduled to hit the market next year.

Giampiero Testoni, CTO of the company, said at the Hollywood launch party for the $68,000 limited edition motorcycle that it was designed to meet the needs of those who wanted performance. The company has established a record of success in electric motorcycle road racing, taking the 2010 TTXGP European Championship with its eCRP 1.2 racebike.

"It's a real Superbike, not just a commuter or something similar. We wanted to point to the real hard motorcyclist. If you can convince those riders, you have convinced everyone," Testoni said.

The limited-edition EGO 45, so named because only 45 examples will be made, is slated to come with a full complement of high-end components. Fully-adjustable 43mm Ohlins cartridge forks mate with a forged aluminum OZ wheel. Brembo radially mounted monobloc calipers clamp 330mm discs made by Brembo specifically for Energica, Testoni said.

"We have a lot of speed, higher weight, so we need good braking," Testoni said.

A 240mm disc is mounted to another forged aluminum OZ wheel at the rear, and both ends feature anti-lock brakes. An offset Ohlins shock handles suspension duties at the rear and connects the cast aluminum swingarm to the chrome-moly steel trellis chassis.

The company claims that its 100 kilowatt electric powerplant puts out 136 horsepower, with 145 lbs.-ft. of torque available from zero to 5000 rpm. Road-ready weight is a claimed 555 pounds, with a range of 100 miles at a steady 78 kph (48.4 mph). A regenerative braking system similar to the KERS systems from Formula 1 cars helps extend the range. A full recharge is expected to take approximately 3.5 hours from a 220-volt source, with a 110-volt recharge taking twice as long.

"The center of gravity is higher than that of petrol bikes," Testoni said. "We did that in order to - it's a little more difficult when you are moving it around, but once you are riding it, it helps with the ridability. It helps you turn."

Delivery is expected to begin in the U.S. in April 2015. The first models delivered will be the EGO 45, with the standard versions to follow. The EGO 45 will have carbon-fiber bodywork and a fast-charging system that can deliver an 80 percent charge in 15 minutes, Testoni said. The factory also notes that it will come with a reverse setting and will be Bluetooth-compatible. Special body and chassis components created from materials and production techniques including 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, that the company employs in creating specialized components for Formula 1 cars.

The standard $34,000 machine will have a lower-spec Ohlins shock, smaller discs in front, a Marzocchi fork, Marchesini rims and will not have the fast-charging system, Testoni said.

Both models will be electronically limited to a 150 mph top speed, with 0-60 times in under three seconds, Testoni said.

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