From elite to egalitarian.
Energica’s electric motorcycles are known for top of the line performance. As the sole manufacturer in MotoE, holder of prestigious lap time records, and new long-range capabilities, it’s no wonder that many associate the Italian brand with outright performance. However, with all that performance usually comes a hefty price tag and Energicas are consistently some of the most expensive electric sportbikes and nakeds on the market. To help bring the electric moto magic to the masses, the company partnered with Dell’Orto to create a line of “small-capacity" models.
As the carburetor and electronic injection systems specialists, Italy-based Dell’Orto is uniquely positioned to help Energica add more diversity to its lineup. Providing data acquisition systems for the project along with designing, developing, and testing components with the Energica team, Dell’Orto helped establish the E-Power engine. Energica plans to us the new system to power a fleet of urban mobility vehicles and the development team Is now moving into bench testing.
With power levels ranging from 2.5 kW to 15 kW (3.3 to 20 hp), the project could span everything from commuter scooters to highway-capable machines. A modular 48V, 2.3kWh battery pack would “fuel” the new models with swappable battery technology helping to keep the vehicles on the go. Larger models could also receive multiple battery packs to increase power and range.
Of course, Energica’s least expensive electric motorcycle costs more than $20,000, so the cost of its 50cc to 125cc comparable machines will be critical to the project’s success. Especially with established electric scooter companies continuing to develop the segment, Energica will need to price its models competitively. Luckily, Dell’Orto and Energica simplified the E-Power system to use fewer components, which should help with manufacturing costs, and ultimately, the customer’s budget.
With a slew of new bikes potentially on the horizon, Energica’s deal for Indonesian distribution makes a lot more sense now. Could smaller, more affordable electrics broaden the Italian brand’s customer base worldwide? Only time will tell, but if the models are anything like Energica’s current lineup, we’re excited to see the end result.