It was reported late last year that Italian performance bike maker Energica is looking to enter emerging markets India and China as the next step of its business expansion. We learn that Energica is considering coming to India by next year.
At the Auto Components Expo, at the stall of ‘E-Power Project,’ a partnership between Italy companies Energica and Dell’Orto that was established last year to develop and produce electric power units for small and mid capacity motorcycles (8-30 kW output), the Energica Ego was displayed. Note that this is not the brand stall of Energica and the vehicle was presented to stoke curiosity among the visitors and a display of what Energica offers in the global marketplace.
Energica does not have offerings for the middle-class, targeting HNIs with its three high-performance models (EsseEsse9, Ribelle and the Ego) that are built with racing pedigree and can closely match the performance of a Moto3 class bike on a track. In fact Energica Motor Company is the supplier of race bikes to all 11 teams competing in the FIM MotoE championship.
Energica Eva EsseEsse9 & Eva EsseEsse9+
The refined streetfighter is powered by a 21.5 kWh lithium polymer battery (13.4 kWh on the standard variant) which drives a 109 hp and 200 Nm (180 Nm in the standard variant) output electric motor to deliver a top speed of 200 kmph. It has a company claimed ‘combined’ range of 230 km (160 km for the standard variant) with 4 Riding Modes: Urban, Eco, Rain, Sport & 4 Regenerative Maps: Low, Medium, High, Off. The top speed is limited to 200 kmph. The motorcycle gets a 4.3-inch TFT display, six levels of intervention (traction control) combined with the eABS and the Bosch ABS as well as cruise control. Through DC fast charging, 80% capacity can be achieved in 40 minutes.
Energica Eva Rebelle
The naked streetfighter which offers a more assertive riding posture is powered by a 21.5 kWh Lithium polymer battery that powers a motor that develops 145 hp and 215 Nm of torque to deliver a top speed of 200 kmph. Its combined range is 230 km and similarly offers 4 Riding Modes: Urban, Eco, Rain, Sport and 4 Regenerative Maps: Low, Medium, High, Off. The features are same as the EsseEsse series. Through DC fast charging, 80% capacity can be achieved in 40 minutes.
Energica Ego & Energica Ego+
The flagship faired offering (Ego+) is powered by a powered by the same 21.5 kWh Lithium polymer battery that powers the oil-cooled motor that develops 145 hp and 215 Nm of torque and 240 kmph top speed. On the standard Ego, the battery is a 13.4 kWh unit that generates 145 hp and a lower 200 Nm. The combined riding range is 230 km and 160 km respectively, with features including the 4 Riding Modes: Eco, Standard, Wet, Sport, 4 Regenerative Maps: Low, Medium, High, Off, DC Fast Charge Mode that offers 80% charge in 40 min, six-level traction control combined with the existing eABS and the Bosch ABS, Brembo, Double Floating Discs at the front and single disc at the rear, and Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires.
Expected Price and Availability in India
Energica has a small scale of operations and sales targets are going to be in the low double-digits for this type of a vehicle. Energica may bring its wares through the CBU route which will immediately double the Italian price of the product. CKD operations could be possible if the company ties up with a player like Motoroyale which assembles and retails FB Mondial and has announced plans to localize the Nortons as well. It remains to be seen whether the company establishes in India through a tie-up or rides solo.
In the home market of Italy, the flagship Ego and Ego+ are priced (ex-showroom) at 19,664 Euros (INR 15.5 lakh) and 24,419 Euros (INR 19.25 lakh) respectively. The Eva Ribelle is set at 22,943 Euros (INR 18 lakh) while the EsseEsse9 and EsseEsse9+ are priced at 16,386 Euros (INR 12.9 lakh) and 20,894 Euros (INR 16.46 lakh). Let’s conclude that spotting an Energica on Indian roads would not be an everyday affair!