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Energica: Going seriously electric on two wheels

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Electronia SA, a distributor of electric vehicles, has signed an exclusive deal with Italian superbikemaker Energica to be the South Africa agent for Energica Electric Superbikes.

These Superbikes are designed and mass-assembled by Energica Motor Italy – the company that supplies all the racing electric motorcycles for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup racing series – the battery version of MotoGP.

Energica is the sole company selected by Dorna Racing thanks mostly to what it ”calls the proven performance, speed, build, and handling of the machines”.

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The Italian firm is one of the longest-established purveyors of electric motorcycles, so much so that it used the 2019 Eicma show in Milan to reveal its second-generation EGO sport bikes and EVA ”naked” streetfighters while other bike-makers were still discussing how to enter the market.

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Energica Motor Company is run by CEO Livia Cevolini, a colorfully stylish Italian lady whose grandfather worked with Enzo Ferrari. While Energica officially launched its first electric bike, the EGO, in 2014 – its parent company, the CRP Group, has been supplying the F1 teams and supercar manufacturers with rapid prototyping and advanced materials engineering services since 1970.

Cevolini told The Corner in a media release: “With the launch of the new MY2020 range, which improves both driving range (400km in cities) and power while reducing the weight, our motorcycles gave an answer to the market needs as shown by the order backlog.”

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Energica motorcycles claim to be the ultimate expression of Italian exclusivity thanks to ”countless and immeasurable ways from the close relationship and consultation with parent company CRP”.

The unique performance comes from the green heart of Energica motorcycles – a synchronous oil-cooled motor with internal permanent magnets. ”The excitement of riding an electric motorcycle is more than just power,”; the bikemaker says.

”With no transmission gears, clutch or shifting, the process of searching for the “right gear” and RPM is eliminated to allow full concentration on acceleration, throttle control, cornering, and braking.

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”The technology yields 215Nm of instant torque in microseconds.”

Unlike other vehicles whose control units work separately the Energica’s battery, inverter, charger and brakes are constantly monitored and managed by a VCU completely designed and developed by Energica. Check while moving are done 100 times a second.

…AND A PARKING REVERSE GEAR

A Park Assist button will select reverse (yes, reverse!) or forward mode with maximum speed of four km/h from maximum torque of 50Nm and instrumentation is TFT full-colour with nine warning lights.

Three Energica models will be available: Energica EGO+RS, EVA Ribelle RS, and the EVA EsseessE9+RS, each with the most advanced components available (as on their MotoE race machines), plus the latest Marzocchi adjustable rebound and compression damping, spring preload front suspension.

The ABS brakes are Brembo, double floating, four-piston radial callipers front and single two-piston rear.

THREE MODELS, THREE MOTOR RATINGS

The power is 80kW at 6000rpm for the EVA EsseeSE9+RS and 107kW at 6000 rpm for the EVA Ribelle RS and EGO+RS. Torque varies by model 200Nm, for the EVA + RS and 215Nm for the EGO+ and EVA Ribelle RS. The top speed is electronically limited to 200km on the two EVAs, and 240km on the EGO+RS.

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”The uncanny acceleration,” The Corner was told, ”will beat anything to 100km/h – 2.6sec.

Each model will have sophisticated cruise control that uses the electronic brake to maintain speed and increase braking energy. ”There are six levels of intervention,” the bikemaker says, ”combined with the existing eABS and the Bosch ABS.

”It includes four riding modes – Urban, Eco, Wet, Sport – plus four regenerative modes: High, Medium, Low, Off.

READ THE full specification sheets here.

…AND SO TO THE BASE PRICES

EVA ES9+ – R515 000
EVA Ribelle – R560 000
EGO+: R600 000

Agents will arrange exclusive test rides for ”discerning” riders. If you feel you qualify Electronia would like to hear from you. Contact Kobus (+27 83 415-3333) or Kris (+27 83 795-3017) or email support@electronia.co.za

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