Photos by: Gianluca Muratori
At EICMA 2016, Italian electric motorcycle firm Energica unveiled this, the EsseEsse9 Concept. Resembling an electric scrambler of sorts, the EsseEsse9 was designed with a nod towards simplicity and to expose what until now was always hidden: the battery.
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From a design sense, exposing the battery meant design had to carry forward in a way that wouldn’t obstruct the view. The bike is based on the same chassis seen on the Ego and Eva, but instead of fairings, a number plate hangs off the side with the number 9. Energica wanted to show off the battery’s patent-pending case, essentially ribbed and ventilated aluminum plates that dissipate battery heat, which is the primary killer of performance in electric vehicles. Until now these plates were always hidden by the fairings on both the Ego and Eva line of motorcycles.
EsseEsse9 is named after the major road that leads to the Italian Motor Valley, and is distinctive due to its cobblestone roads. To pay homage to those roads, Energica fit the EsseEsse9 with Pirelli MT60 RS tires – the knobbies representing the stones in the road. The seat and rear subframe section appear flatter and broader than that of the Eva, while the simple round headlight and exposed rivets on the radiator shrouds scream old-school industrial.
In other news, Energica also announced its Eva streetfighter will receive a new color scheme: Lunar White, to go alongside the current offerings of Electric Green and Dark Blue. The Ego sportbike will also receive this color scheme, as well as another option: Italian Flag, a tricolore livery available only upon special request.