The Italian Almanac

Energica motorbike

Do Androds Ride Electric Bikes?

It sounds like a daydream - a sleek, powerful, state-of-the-art motorcycle with Formula 1 technology that plugs into the wall. But the battery is not the most surprising aspect of Italy's first electric street motorcycle - the Energica - poised to enter dealerships in 2015. Much of the body of the first working model was sculpted by a 3D-printing machine that sprayed layer upon layer of high-performance Windform material from digital designs.

And yes, the superbike drives like a dream, reaching a top speed of 220 km per hour. It has a range of 150 km and lasts 11 hours, though at a more moderate everyday pace of 70 km per hour. The batteries can be recharged within three hours with a normal socket or in less than 30 minutes to 80% capacity with direct current.

The Energica will make its New York debut on September 10, as the subject of a seminar on creativity and technology given by its maker, the CRP Group of Modena. CRP Group will reveal the secrets behind the electric superbike's unique design at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York as part of the year-long programme of events called, "Italy in the US: Year of Italian Culture in the United States".

CRP Group is a decades-old racing mechanics veteran located in the Italian MotorValley of luxury sports cars, also home to Ferrari, Maserati, Lamberghini and Ducati. "Our company is particularly devoted to innovation, and Energica represents an example of that attitude," said Franco Cevolini, CEO and technical director of CRP Group. "Together with our American company CRP USA we are directly involved in state-of-the-art projects, and the workshop in New York is a great chance for us to be part of a great venue dedicated to the promotion of Italian excellence."