An Energica Ego, an Italian electric motorcycle, has just gone 1952 miles (3142 km) in the largest electric vehicle rally in the world. The World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) is now in it’s 5th year and is meant to showcase that electric vehicles can be clean, reliable, fun, and go long distances too. The WAVE rally is open to any type of electric vehicle which includes production vehicles and cars, custom built machines, electric bikes (ie with pedals) and prototypes not on the the market. It goes from Plauen, Germany in southwest of the country North to Leipzig, to Berlin and back down to Bern, Switzerland. There is also a Swiss route you can on the WAVE rally.
Since the Energica Ego is an electric motorcycle a dealer, Adrian Von Bueren, decided to take part this year in the electric vehicle rally. Von Bueren runs Extablish AG which is the Energica dealership in Switzerland. The Italian motorcycle company expanded it’s dealership network to include Extablish AG along with a distributor in Canada and the Netherlands.
The Energica won two prizes in the WAVE rally, Best Design and Most Popular Vehicle according to the company. They also claimed that the electric motorcycle made it 195 km on a single charge, which is equivalent to 121 miles roughly, using it’s fast charger. The Energica claims the Ego is the only electric motorcycle to come equipped with a fast charger as standard equipment currently.
Energica recently got approved for sale in the US but it’s not clear if they’ve been selling models stateside yet. It will be interesting to see how the Italian electric motorcycle company competes against Italian counterparts like Ducati, Aprilia, and Moto Guzzi.