Energica Experia: New electric sports tourer from Italy!

Cash register, cash register, cash register. Energica, the company behind the electric racing series MotoGP (until the end of the 2022 season), has just announced a new Sport Tourer.

And yes, it’s battery operated, making it a real rarity in the touring world. So will it have enough range? It depends how much of your tour is on the highway…

Claimed range isn’t *yet* enough for a practical run from Halifax to BC, but it’s just getting better and better. Photo: Energica

A company in transition

Energica has been around for a while and has always built bikes at the higher end of the electric spectrum. Already in 2019, the Energica Ego and Eva models announced at EICMA, with a 21.5 kWh polymer/lithium battery, reported an increase in range to 400 kilometers in city traffic, 180 kilometers on straight highways and 230 kilometers mixed range.

Since then, Energica saw its contract with Dorna come to an end at the end of 2022, and now that it doesn’t have to build racebikes for MotoGP’s electric series, it wants to increase its public production. Thanks to a recent agreement with Ideanomics investors, Energica now has access to capital; In the last ten years it has built around a thousand motorcycles and now it wants to build many more. At the time of the acquisition, Ideanomics President said, “Their technologies and solutions will support product development for our other operating companies, and our combined purchasing power in the supply chain will improve access to components and batteries, enabling us to build more Energica bikes, faster.” .” Get ready for more Energica models to be produced in larger numbers.

A stunning looking battery bike if you like the new ‘adventure sport’ look. Photo: Energica

The Experia formula

So. What about this new sport tourer?

You’ll find that it has a fairly upright riding position, similar to the current rapidly growing “adventure sports” market that includes bikes like the Kawasaki Versys, Triumph Tiger 660 and so on. These machines have 17-inch front wheels, so they’re best kept on pavement despite their generally ADV-friendly profile.

It’s the same with the Experia. In addition to these 17-inch wheels, there is a running weight of 260 kilos. Not light, but not terrible either, especially in this category, and Energica says the Experia makes 105 horsepower and 85 pound-feet of torque — and being an electric bike, that torque should be available right from the start of acceleration.

The 22.5 kWh battery (said to be the largest of any commercially sold electric moto) is said to last about 210 kilometers of highway driving, 410 kilometers of city driving and nearly 250 kilometers of mixed driving. Obviously, regenerative braking is doing a lot for the battery here. The Energica Experia still doesn’t have the battery range for cross-continent strafing runs, but range and fast charge times continue to improve.

Equally important, the fast-charge times juice the bike to 80 percent in 40 minutes on a DC fast charger (where EV manufacturers generally tell you to top up the battery). Level 1 and Level 2 charging times are of course much slower, but at least you can charge the bike from the outlet when needed.

In addition to all that electronic powertrain technology, the Experia has 112 liters of storage space between the panniers and the top case, as well as heated grips and other farkles – if you buy the Launch Edition. It’s currently available for $25,880 MSRP plus taxes and fees in the US… and not Canada from what we’ve heard. Too bad. It’s expensive, but no doubt there would be interest in these Italian-built bikes as there really isn’t anything else on the market that tries to offer long-distance two-wheel touring on battery power at this point.

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