|Energica Motorcycle Company S.p.A.|
|Founded||2014 - Livia Cevolini; Franco Cevolini|
|Announced||12 December 2017|
The Energica Motorcycle Company S.p.A., otherwise known simply as Energica, is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer who specialise in developing electrically powered motorbikes. Formed as a subsidiary of the CRP Group, Energica were the first Italian manufacturer to produce an electric "supersport" motorcycle, and use advanced manufacturing techniques such as 3d printing.
Energica's origins can be traced back to 2009, when the CRP Group began investigations into developing an electric motorcycle. eCRP duly developed a racing bike, which first hit the track in late 2010, being the first electric bike to be built from the ground up, rather than trace its origins to a bike with an internal combustion engine. Two years of racing the eCRP saw the group claim various eRoadRacing titles, prompting eCRP to begin work on developing a road legal electric motorcycle.
An Ego Complex
eCRP would subsequently rename itself as the Energica Motorcycle Company in November 2014, having already launched its first road worthy bike, the Ego. The Ego was subsequently refined and partially relaunched as the Ego45, while a second Engergica model, the Eva, was launched at the same time as their name change. The group subsequently began developing a racing version of the Ego, named the Ego Corsa in 2017.
Energica were first involved in the FIM MotoE World Cup project in late 2017, when they were approached by Dorna Sports SL to build bikes for the all-electric race series. A deal between the two was subsequently announced on 12 December 2017, with Energica becoming the new series' sole supplier of bikes. An order of eighteen Ego Corsa bikes was subsequently sent to the manufacturer after the series launch on 6 February 2018, with testing beginning soon after.
A Destructive Spark
Ahead of the inaugural 2019 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup a major fire on 14 March 2019 destroyed all of the series' Ego Corsa bikes, as well as their equipment. The fire, caused by a short-circuit on a recharged battery, also destroyed all of the facilities set up to support the series at the Jerez circuit, with Energica immediately investigating how the failure had happened. Energica would also commit to building eighteen new Ego Corsas before the end of May 2019, with another pre-season test scheduled to test the new crop of bikes.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 'STRAIGHT TO THE RACING HEART: ENERGICA TO SUPPLY MOTORCYCLES FOR FIM ENEL MOTOE WORLD CUP', energicamotor.com, (Energica Motorcycle Company S.p.A., 12/12/2017), https://www.energicamotor.com/8524-energica-supply-motorcycles-fim-motoe-world-cup/, (Accessed 06/07/2019)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 'ABOUT US', energicamotor.com, (Energica Motorcycle Company S.p.A., 2019), https://www.energicamotor.com/about-us/, (Accessed 11/07/2019)
- ↑ Jake Kilshaw, 'MOTOE: MotoGP Organizer Dorna Launches Electric Motorbike Series', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 06/02/2018), https://e-racing365.com/other-series/motoe/motogp-organizer-dorna-launches-electric-motorbike-series/, (Accessed 06/07/2019)
- ↑ Oriol Puigdemont; Valentin Khorounzhiy, 'All MotoE bikes destroyed in Jerez fire', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 14/03/2019), https://www.motorsport.com/motoe/news/jerez-fire-bikes-destroyed/4352249/, (Accessed 11/07/2019)
- ↑ Aaron League, 'Dorna reveals cause of MotoE paddock fire', emotomag.com, (Clubhouse Media Group Ltd., 15/03/2019), http://emotomag.com/dorna-reveals-cause-of-motoe-paddock-fire/, (Accessed 11/07/2019)
- ↑ Jake Kilshaw, 'MOTOE: New MotoE Bikes to Be Built by End of May', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 05/05/2019), https://e-racing365.com/other-series/motoe/new-motoe-bikes-to-be-built-by-end-of-may/, (Accessed 11/07/2019)