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How about an electric scrambler?

Energica confirms new model, and it’s a scrambler, kind of.

ITALIAN electric bike maker Energica has confirmed it will add a new model to its range in 2018, the Eva EsseEsse9, first revealed last year as a concept.

It’s based on the firm’s naked bike, called simply the Eva, but given scrambler-type styling – or about as close to it as you can get with a 108hp, 132.7lbft electric bike.

The concept (pictured) had a ribbed seat, dual-sport tyres and a racing number-style side panel.

It will be Energica’s third model, joining the Eva and fully-faired Ego, which makes 145hp and 147.5lbft.

Energica said the final version of the Eva EsseEsse9 would be unveiled at the Eicma motorcycle in Milan this November and arrive in Europe next year, taking the firm into a ‘new segment: the old school style motorcycle market’.


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dudeofrude's picture

When will they learn. They can't compete with a petrol motor when it comes to power and the ability to drive more than 30 miles. They need to start small. Start making electric scooters. Something that only need a top speed of 50mph but can do 200+ miles on a charge. Once they perfect that and have the infrastructure in place then they could build on that technology until they can eventually get it right with the big bikes

Donteatpeople's picture

Who the hell wants to ride for 200 miles on a scooter with a top speed of 50mph? That truly would be pointless.

dudeofrude's picture

How about every person that commutes on a scooter everyday.......

Donteatpeople's picture

I’d be surprised if there were more than 3 people in the country that commute over 50 miles a day on a 50mph scooter, let alone 200 miles. Low speed scooters are generally used for short distance commutes and low cost and light weight will be strong selling points. That’s why you see small cheap scooters with short ranges and larger faster bikes with longer ranges, nobody wants to ride slow scooters long distances.

Maybe in a few years when faster charging becomes available the market will open up to people who can’t charge over night at home. At that point slow scooters with larger ranges may become more relevant. With the technology currently being sold producing an expensive, heavy, slow scooter would be commercial suicide.

dudeofrude's picture

I never said they were going to do 200 miles on it at once but if you could charge it once a week then not worry about it then it's a viable option. My point is that there would be more uses for smaller electic commuter bikes than there are electric sportbikes/toys especially in cities like London that are trying to clean up their air. Having 1000s of electric scooters on the roads with 0 emissions that rarely need charging would be a massive step in the right direction.
All I'm saying is that's personally where I think the industry need to start focusing their attention instead of on silly 'powerful' bikes with no range.
It was the same with cars. How many prius' do you see on London roads compared to telsas

Donteatpeople's picture

I agree that city commuters are a big potential user group but they just don't need a long range to be viable. Commuters generally go home and park their scooters in the same place every night so charging every night isn't a problem. The same goes for delivery fleets, usually parked in the same depot when not being ridden. It's not like petrol where you have to go out of your way to fill up, every home or business in the country already has electricity. Why would people pay more for no real benefit? That's why companies like Yamaha and Honda are moving into the market with small, cheap electric scooters.

You see the same with cars. Compare cheap commuter cars with relatively short ranges like the Leaf or Zoe with much faster, more expensive cars like the Teslas or Rimac that have a longer range.

It's always going to be the case that expensive new technology is first introduced on low volume premium products and then filters down later when costs can be reduced. There's room at both ends of the market but charging premium prices for slow vehicles just isn't going to work.

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