If there are two segments gaining popularity in the two-wheeler industry right now, it’s adventure bikes and electric two-wheelers. Now, Italy-based Energica has unveiled Experia, an all-electric adventure touring bike.
Lower peak power output compared to other Energica models
Combined range of 256km on a single charge
24kW DC fast charger recharges from 0 to 80 percent in claimed 40 mins
By any normal measure, 101hp (peak) and 115Nm isn’t insignificant. But compared to the stratospheric numbers of Energica’s previous models – the Ego superbike, the Eva Ribelle streetfighter and the EsseEsse9 roadster – which had anywhere between 109hp to 171hp and between 201Nm to 216Nm, it is decidedly tamer in comparison.
Energica Experia: focus on range
The battery that supplies energy to this new motor is a lithium polymer unit that Energica claims gives greater power density while contributing to mass centralisation. The battery capacity is rated at 22.5kWh (maximum) and 19.6kWh (nominal). Charging times are reduced drastically if a 24kW DC fast charger is used, taking the battery to 80 percent in a claimed 40 minutes. There are also options to charge them at conventional 240V (Level 2) and 120V (Level 1) charging points, which will understandably increase the charging time frame.
The Experia has a claimed range of 245km (combined) and it increases significantly to 417km in urban areas. Energica says that even while riding spiritedly, the range will be 208km.
Energica Experia: mechanical hardware
The Experia debuts a completely new chassis combining a trellis-style front section with cast alloy elements surrounding the swingarm pivot. Suspension is supplied by Sachs with a fully adjustable 43mm fork at the front and a rear shock adjustable for rebound and preload, both having an identical 150mm of travel. Interestingly, other Energica models use Marzocchi forks and Bitubo shocks, so this is another departure from existing Energica models. The 17-inch cast alloy wheels shod with Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 rubber further reinforce the idea that this is a road-biased touring machine rather than a no-holds-barred dirt explorer.
Braking hardware is supplied by Brembo with dual 330mm discs up front clamped down upon by radially mounted monobloc calipers and a single 240mm disc at the rear, backed up by cornering ABS from Bosch. In addition, a regenerative braking system with four modes – high, medium, low and off – is offered, which also feeds some power back to the battery while slowing the vehicle down.
Energica Experia: rider aids and features
The Experia comes with a six-level traction control system as standard with seven different rider modes. Four are preset from the factory – Eco, Urban, Rain and Sport – and three are fully customisable by the rider. Cruise control comes as standard which controls not only the throttle but also the regenerative braking system to maintain the rider’s preset pace.
Included as standard are two USB ports near the TFT display and two others in the waterproof storage compartment on top of the tank. The launch edition gets the 112-litre hard luggage as well as heated grips as standard, which will be extras on the standard version in the future. Energica has also said the list of optional accessories will grow in the future.
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