Would conventional engines be replaced by electric ones in high performance motorcycles is beyond our comprehension but one thing is certain- some manufacturers are very serious about it. The eCRP is one such bike. A prototype of the concept model was first released to the world back in EICMA 2011. Back then, it had received a considerable amount of attention from media and the visitors for its razor-sharp looks and electric powertrain. Showcased by CRP Racing, the bike was loved and was probably the first Italian all-electric sports bike to break cover. But little did people expect that it will actually make into production. CRP Racing has announced that they will be taking this bike to production and also unveiled a production version of the motorcycle at 2012 EICMA show.
The most interesting part of the motorcycle is its electric motor. The Energica is powered by an air cooled, PMAC synchronous motor with permanent magnets and churns out 134 BHP of power and 160 NM of torque. Power to the motor is provided by a 11.7 KW battery pack unit. The company CRP Racing claims that the bike can achieve a top speed of 220 km/h and has a range of 150kms on a single charge. The eCRP is built on a steel trellis frame. On the front, it gets inverted adjustable Marzocchi forks while at the rear it gets a ZF Sachs monoshock suspension unit. Braking power is provided by double floating 310 mm discs at the front and a single disc of 220 mm diameter at the rear. The seats have been designed by a renowned Italian specialist, Schedoni who is responsible for the interior works of companies like Ferrari and Pagani.
Other features include a digital multi-function LCD dashboard, ride-by-wire throttle and multiple engine mappings. The eCRP is expected to be offered on sale from 2014. The company has already started accepting bookings indicating that the launch date is quite near.