Living with a £28k Energica Eva
Joining the MCN long-term fleet for 2017 is this, the Energica Eva Ð an Italianbuilt, 100% electric, performance naked. Over recent years our test team have tried various electric bikes, from the Brammo Empluse, the BMW C Evolution, and also the Energicaõs slightly more powerful superbike brother the Ego (MCN October 9, 2013), but weõve never spent any prolonged periods of time living with one.
So this summer weõll be racking up the miles and trying to ride it in much the same way as we would a conventional petrol-powered motorcycle. So that includes commuting miles, long trips, sunny Sunday blasts and taking it to a few events. Weõll also be putting Energicaõs claims about the Evaõs performance and range to the test, as well as finding out about the UKÕS EV infrastructure and how to use it.
What is an Eva?
Made in Modena by Italian firm Energica Motor Company, themselves a subsidiary of pioneering motorsports group CRP, the Eva is a state-of-theart luxury motorcycle Ð a fact thatõs reflected in its delicious specé and also in its extremely salty £28,000 price. The Eva shares its trellis frame, Marzocchi fork, Bitubo shock, ABSassisted Brembo calipers, forged OZ Racing wheels and cutting-edge ride-by-wire and speed control systems with Energicaõs range-topping superbike the Ego, but features a slightly detuned version of the motor.
Whereas the Ego kicks out a claimed 136bhp and is capable of a top speed of 150mph, Energica say the naked Eva generates 95bhp and is capable of reaching 124mph in the most potent of its four riding modes: Sport (thereõs also Rain, Urban and Eco). In its most conservative mode, Eco, which limits the motorõs RPM and outright speed to just 52mph and also applies the maximum amount of regenerative engine braking when coasting, Energica say the Eva is capable of 124 miles on a full charge.
The first short ride
Wheeling the Eva out of the garage its weight is immediately apparent, so much so that weõre obliged to shove it straight on the scales. It comes as no surprise that the hefty beast is a far-from-lightweight 296kg, which is why itõs really handy that it comes with a reverse function, which gently glides the bike back at 1.74mph.
Switching it on is a silent affair, the full colour dash bursts into life but thereõs no priming of fuel pumps or whirring. In order to make the Eva move, the stand must be up and the brake lever held in before pressing and holding the starter button until a green GO icon illuminates on the screen. From then on in itõs just twist-and-go.
Response from the ride-by-wire throttle is excellent, allowing plenty of fine and low-speed control even without the help of a clutch. Itõs easy to think that with all that torque available so low in the rev range that the Eva will just shoot off on the merest whiff of juice, but the speed control software is so good that it makes swift acceleration totally effortless. In terms of performance, it feels similar to a punchy middleweight like a Yamaha MT-07 Ð definitely enough shove to have fun with.
Another surprise is how much of that low-slung 295kg disappears once on the move. The Eva seems frisky, stable and reasonably composed, and with a bit of suspension tweakery will be even better.
Thereõs so much more of the Eva to explore, which is exactly what weõll be doing with it over the next few months within the pages of MCN and also on www.motorcyclenews.com Ð so stay plugged in to find out more.
That cunning little pannier holds the charging cable, you’ll be needing that
Now, where’s that extension lead? Emma gets to grips with the Energica