Italian motorcycle maker Energica (profiled in the December 2013 issue of Charged) builds a bike designed for the connoisseur of speed, with 0-60 mph acceleration of 3 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph.
Now Energica is addressing the issue of fast charging for motorcycles. The Energica Ego features CCS Combo charging that allows the machine to charge to 80% in 20 minutes.
Energica intends to invest up to a million euros to deploy fast charging stations along prime riding roads. Automakers and governments are steadily installing public chargers, but most of these are concentrated in urban areas and along main highway corridors. Motorcyclists’ favorite rides tend to be far away from these locations, on winding mountain roads and scenic seaside routes. Energica plans to fill the gap to give electric motorcyclists the ability to enjoy the best roads without any range anxiety.
In partnership with utilities, hardware providers and charging service companies, Energica will co-finance the installation of dedicated 20 kw DC chargers (DC technology, Combo CCS standard plugs) and/or access to existing ones.
The company has identified locations in Italy and California for the first round of installations, to be completed in 2017.
Source: Energica Motor Company