Energica Motor Company, the Italian electric motorcycle company that offered its first production bike in 2013, will release its model year 2023 lineup at EICMA, taking place Nov. 10-13. While we know we’ll see several returning models, the star of Energica’s 2023 lineup will be the new Experia, the company’s first zero-emissions electric green tourer.
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The first generation of Energica Motor Company featured the Ego, a racing-style competition motorcycle; the Eva, a naked version of the Ego with a more comfortable seating position; and the EsseEsse9, a relaxed and classic casual rider. Over 10 years, the company upgraded and expanded these three motorcycles, adding the Ego+, Ego RS, Eva Ribelle, Eva Ribelle RS, EsseEsee9+, and EsseEsse9+ RS.
The Experia will be the first model of a new generation for Energica. As a long-distance tourer, the Experia will truly be something different than what the company has done so far. Giampiero Testoni, CTO of Energica Motor Company, said the intention behind the Experia was “to create the first electric motorcycle created specifically for long-distance bike lovers.”
While electric bikes have been sprouting up all over for several years, there are obvious drawbacks, such as short ranges and a lack of charging stations. An electric tourer is an ambitious project for Energica, so we’ll see how it holds up to rider expectations.
Here’s what we know so far.
Energica Experia Motor and Battery
Electric means no shifting or clutch, no noise from the exhaust, no heat, and less vibrations, all of which can be considered advantages over internal combustion bikes. But does an electric motor offer comparable performance? We’re seeing advances all the time, and Energica’s new motor is certainly a step in the right direction.
The Experia features the new PMASynRM (Permanent Magnet Assisted Synchronous Reluctance Motor), which is lighter weight and in a lower position than on other Energica models. Energica claims the motor’s peak power as 75 kW (101 hp) at 7,500 rpm with 85 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is stated to be 112 mph, and the bike reportedly accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
The battery is also new, with the largest capacity of any Energica model so far. The capacity sits at 22.5 kWh maximum and will charge from 0-80% in 40 minutes on Level 3 chargers. Similar to previous Energica models, the Experia will also use Level 2 and 1 chargers for a longer, overnight charge.
The big question when it comes to an electric touring motorcycle has to be what kind of range the bike offers. Energica claims the Experia will get 153 miles of city/highway range combined or 261 miles in urban areas. This is a big step up from the 100 mile combined and 123 mile city range of the 2022 Ego, and the ability to use Level 3 fast charging is certainly beneficial for those seeking longer adventures.
Suspension and Brakes
In front of the Energica is the ZF Sachs suspension with 150mm travel and adjustable preload, extension, and compression. Rear suspension is also ZF Sachs with 55mm travel and 150mm of wheel travel. The Experia will feature a 330mm Brembo double floating disc for the front brake and a 240mm Brembo single disc in the back.
The Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tires ride on 17-inch aluminum wheels. Seat height is 33.3 inches, and the weight of the Experia is 573 lb.
The Experia will also feature electronic assists such as cruise control, six levels of traction control, and four riding modes: Eco, Urban, Rain, and Sport. There are two USB ports on the dash and two in a waterproof storage compartment, so riders should never run out of ports to plug in their devices (just be careful not to unnecessarily drain that battery).
No touring motorcycle would be complete without plenty of storage. The Launch Edition Experia comes with hard side panniers and a top case for a total of 29.5 gallons of storage.
Is the Energica Experia Worth It?
It’s clear that Energica is dedicated to expanding the horizons of electric motorcycles. While some might think the range is still not quite there to make an electric touring bike worth the price, the technology is advancing every year, and the 2023 Experia is a testimony to that.
The Experia is available for preorder for $25,880 in Bormio Ice. Visit Energica’s website for more information.
$30K You can buy a lot of gas for $10k and ride for 250+ miles before fill up!
And put tons of pollutants into the atmosphere too! But your money and convenience are more important, right?
Well, except for the pollution made when producing electricity. 80% of electricity in the US comes from burning fossil fuels. And modern motors are extremely efficient and produce less CO2 than your power plants. Not to mention the mining being done with children in the third world for exotic battery components, lithium, cobalt. So please, spare us the lecture on climate change and how good lithium batteries are.
No sound. No visceral experience. Zero emissions on the front side, but what about the backside, RAPING the earth (and I don’t use that term lightly) to supply the battery components, then fuel it with predominately fossil fuel energy sources. WHY??? What is wrong with this world??? This is SO SCREWED UP!!! I will have no part of it.
How about me and millions of other folks around the world who have had their lives destroyed or disrupted by decades of almost constant wars over oil? Or the billions affected by climate change? Just so you can burn cheap gas.
30% of the world’s electricity is from renewable sources and that number is increasing daily (in BC, we’ve been 100% hydro for decades) and while EV production is more of an environmental issue than ICE production, that’s largely because oil extraction for fuel and lubricants isn’t factored into ICE production numbers. Battery component extraction isn’t nearly as bad as oil extraction (and is getting better all the time). As for visceral, my Zero S (insurance cost the same as my 250 scooter) makes more torque than my Moto Guzzi 1100. there’s nothing like opening the throttle to pass someone and being in front of them before you can blink, with absolutely no sound. In 50 years of riding, I’ve ridden everything from side valve 500’s to GSXR750s and two stroke trials bikes to Harley Police bikes, and nothing feels like the Zero. But the main reason i switched is because this isn’t my world anymore, it’s my grandkids’, so it’s time to look forward rather than backward.
Fortunately for BC they only have 5 million people and lots of rivers to dam up to produce their clean power. That is not the case for most places in the world where they have extremely large populations and not enough water to drink never mind dam up. I think it is important to consider all the variables when deciding what is best for the entire world.
My son and I just rode our motorcycles from Los Angeles to San Jose in 7 hours. This included a couple of gas stops and lunch. When someone can do this with an electric bike, I’ll pay more attention. In the meantime please stop bragging about 0-60 times. Give me an LA to Vegas time.
The newer Zeros and the Energica could probably do it now with a one-hour lunch/charge stop (completely flat to 80% in 40 minutes), but i think the main function of electrics is still commuting and short weekend rides. I’ve had my Zero for 7 years, and i can get 200km out of it (battery is half the size of the Energica) when i’m teaching a 4-hour traffic class (some freeway entrance and exit, but mostly city/urban) given that most of my 50 years of riding has been non freeway (and i’m now really old and dont tour anymore), i’m not really concerned about freeway range.
There are a number of corrections that need to be made in this article:
1) All Energicas have been capable of level 3 DC fast charging (CCS), not just the Experia.
2) Since 2021, a 21kwh battery has been an option for the Ego, EsseEsse9, and Ribelle (Eva107). Giving the entire line-up range figures not too far off the Experia.
The biggest improvements the Experia brings to the Energica line-up are lighter weight and how that weight is carried, resulting in much lighter feel than previous models (it’s still well over 500 pounds). Also, the purpose designed body work contributes to improved range figures just as much as the 22kwh battery.
The reality though is that without a revolutionary advance in battery technology, we’ve about hit the limit of range on electric motorcycles.
Wendell, thanks for the comment. That was an indeed an oversight on our part about the charging, and we’ve corrected the article.
Very nice to see this battery operated bike with amazing features and millige
Like it very much
I think it’s good for daily rides and short trips. So you don’t have to ride your touring motorcycle and can save it for longer trips
This type of motorcycle is a step in a direction that most folks who actually ride tiring bikes haven’t asked to go in. It is better looking, possibly more efficient but still lacks range and to some extent power. Some of the areas that I have toured you would be hard pressed to find a charging station. My bike has twice the range with myself and my wife on board alwity luggage. This looks more like a commuter to me.
$26000 for a motorcycle that realistically has about a 100 mile quote touring range! Gas light anyone?
This is a step in the right direction with the higher range and level 3 charging.
I have a Versys 1000 that has 17 inch wheels and I put a TKC80 front tire on it and it is lots of fun offroad. Just have to change the way you ride on forest service roads with 17s.
This electric bike gets about the same range as my gas guzzler Versys. I paid 5000 for the Versys so the difference is huge.
Its a bit out if my range for price, so I put a deposit on the new Can-Am Origin being made in Canada for 2024.
Hopefully the new Rotax E motor and battery will be extraordinaire!
Heres hoping for the future of E bikes, with all that awesome torque…