Energica Electric Motorcycle to Be Centrepiece of 3D Printing Workshop in USA
Energica, which is being touted as Italy’s first electric street motorcycle, is set to enter dealerships in 2015. The bike was first revealed as a running prototype at the 2012 Motorcycle Show (EIMCA).
This autumn, on September 10, Energica will be making its debut in New York as the subject of a special seminar on the use of 3D printing technology in automotive design. The lecture will be held 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”.
Director of operations for CRP USA, Stewart Davis, will lead the workshop, which is entitled “Energica, the First Made-in-Italy Electric Motorcycle, and High-Performance 3D Printing Materials. The Italian Experience Outrunning Imagination”.
Energica has been designed and developed by CRP, a company based in Italy’s automotive heartland of Modena. Over the past few decades CRP has been involved as a technological partner in several projects spanning from automotive motorsports to aerospace. Several parts of the Energica have been built utilising 3D printing and Windform materials (CRP’s laser sintering materials). These materials allow for the production of functional and aesthetical parts that can be also be metallised and painted.
The Italian manufacturer is making bold claims regarding its new bike, asserting it to be a genuine superbike comparable to 600cc ICE motorbikes. Indeed, the Group’s racing electric motorcycles TTXGP and FIM e-Power won second place in the world championship races of 2010 and 2011.
According to CRP, Energica can reach a top speed of 220 km/h and has a range of 150 km (at 70kmh cruising). The batteries can be recharged within 3 hours or in less than 30 minutes to 80% with direct current. The battery has a nominal capacity of 11.7 kWh and 13.2 kWh when it is completely charged.
“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,” Cevolini added.