It seems quite absurd to replace the conventional engines for a high performance motorcycle by an electric one, but it is certain that some manufacturers are quite serious about it. The eCRP is one such bike. A prototype model was displayed in EICMA 2011. The bike then bagged considerable amount of appraisal from media and visitors. The bike was showcased by CRP racing and was probably the first Italian electric bike. But most of the people were certain that it will be go through the production part, but now CRP racing has announced that they are taking this bike to production line and a production version of the same was also revealed at EICMA show.
Most interesting part of the bike is its electric powertrain. The bike, Energica is powered by an air cooled, PMAC synchronous motor with permanent magnets that churns out a power of about 134 bhp and peak torque of about 160 Nm. The bike is powered by an 11.7 Kw battery unit. The company claims that the bike can achieve a top speed of about 220 kmph and can travel up to 150 km in single charge. Braking power is produced by double floating 310mm discs in the front and 220 mm at the rear. The seats have also been designed by a renowned specialist, Schedoni who is also responsible for the interior works of the companies like Ferrari and Pagani.
The eCRP is expected to hit the market from 2014.