Energica Demonstrates Eva In California; First Store To Be Launched In San Francisco

JUN 16 2016 BY MARK KANE 24

Energica Eva

Energica Eva

Energica’s second electric motorcycle – the Eva was recently demonstrated in California.

Bill Levasseur (the #Cal1Tour Rider: actor, professional rider and veteran, who served for 5 years as the youngest F-16 Crew Chief in the USA Air Force during Desert Storm) covered some 450 miles and was pretty impressed with the electric Eva.

Bonus: videos below

“The “California dream” tour of Energica Eva has come to a close. Bill Levasseur, the rider of this adventure, crossed the beauties of the Californian territory, from Santa Monica to Long Beach, from the Bixby Bridge to the Golden Gate.

He rode 450 miles with 9 fast charging stops, taking 23 minutes average each. Thanks to the on board fast charge and the ChargePoint Network, Bill was able to enjoy an exciting and unconventional journey on the Energica Eva, without any range anxiety.

“It’s such a joy to ride!” he said, arriving in San Francisco. During the trip, Bill joined the Quail Ride riding in Laguna Seca track and stopped at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, the main Carmel motorcycle event. The electric heart of Energica Eva won everyone over!”

The Italian company has also now announced that San Francisco has been selected for the location of the first retail store for the bike..

Sales and service to be opened at 53 Page Street, SF.3

“The US experience of Energica continues as this summer the electric motorcycles maker will open its very first flagship store.

Energica’s store will open in San Francisco, at 53 Page Street and it will be the first Energica store in the world:

“We’re very excited to open our first worldwide store in California, the homeland of electric vehicles.” says Livia Cevolini, CEO Energica Motor Company S.p.A., “Customers will enjoy Energica motorcycles in a unique retail setting, and can count also on a Service point that will support them at any time after sales.”

The opening of a global flagship store in San Francisco highlights its prominence in Energica’s expansion plans worldwide.”

Bonus: 4 Energica electric motorcycles in Europe

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24 Comments on "Energica Demonstrates Eva In California; First Store To Be Launched In San Francisco"

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He rode up the beautiful California coast, charging at DC chargers, and there’s no video of either?


When they say fast charging, I think they mean level 2, 220v. Technically faster than 110v, however, nowhere near 440v.

Level 2 for 23 minutes per charge (average)..? I don’t think so.

After a 100 mile ride?
Sounds nice, unless you’re a drug dealer that needs to make a connection.

No man, this is the first bike ever with a properer CCS (Combo) charge inlet with powerline communication and all the stuff for DC Fast Charge. It charges up to 60Amps and up to 20KW.

None of these will sell in reasonable amounts until they stop making them in the ridiculous, impractical race replica format. Please make a practical “standard” electric motorcycle!

Like a Zero motorcycle, that costs 1/2 to 1/4th the price?

Zero does not make a standard bike. Their “Streetfighter” has a tiny little pillion seat, no storage and little practicality. Say what you want about people not spending money on a practical EV motorcycle, but I’ve been waiting for just that.

Very few people are going to be willing to spend 50%-100% more on an “commuter” type electric bike than on a gas bike with comparable power. Sheer economics don’t work out yet. You still need more to attract buyers than plain, everyday practicality. What they should build is a cruiser, those are like 90% of the US motorcycle market. And an electric cruiser with ultra low seat height due to a very small motor and no gearbox and perhaps even one with reverse would attract a lot of buyers.

Bad, bad idea. A cruiser in America with no exhaust sound at all?

Get used to it

That would be one of the advantages, being able to enjoy the landscape passing by without going deaf.


The typical American cruiser rider is in it for the sound, not the scenery. They don’t care about going deaf because most of their brains are down in their balls. They desperately want others to notice them, what with the chrome and screaming eagle upgrades. They will even draw attention on purpose by gunning their engines.

So a silent cruiser is an oxymoron.

The more the merrier.

Agree that the “race bike” layout is not the preferred format for many riders.

A bike with a more comfortable seating position like a highway patrol or police bike if not an even more laid-back one definitely has a market.

What, like the Vectrix, you (all) mean? It’s selling again (in Europe), BTW… and quite a bit cheaper than before it went belly-up (for the 2nd time).

The Eva can charge at either L2 or CCS stations. It is the first electric motorcycle that has DCFC capability. Zero had CHAdeMO advertised but canceled it.

Well this is the one spot where CCS shines even today – compact inlet.

You know why? Because despite CHAdeMO chargers supposedly being, er… ‘CHAdeMO’ standard chargers, most of the ones installed world-wide aren’t built to the CHAdeMO standard in that they will not charge (relatively) low voltage packs, the cut off being at about 220V or so. The Zero had a 102V pack and so despite having a CHAdeMO compliant charging socket and electronics fitted, hardly anyone could use it.

They’re a bit noisy for an EV aren’t they (2nd clip)? Is this deliberate?

I agree, confusion is troubling.
But, I think if you look at J1772 standard it give level 1 a single phase(120V in fact) maximum of 1.96 kW and Level 2 split phase (240V)maximum of 19.20 kW.
They have proposed DC and higher power output, but never approve them.
So, one can assume, that Level 1 is under 2 kW and Level 2 goes up to 20 kW, (23 kW in fact) and anything else is Level 3.
The thing is there is no unique standard and there is still discussion about more powerful standard to come , up to 240-300 kW.
We should then just say the power level and keep the rest silent.
I charge at X kW and that’s it.

No men, the standard is right there and is the IEC 62196 that in US is harmonized by SAE and now it’s part also of SAE standards also for the DC Charge. More precisely, DC Fast Charge is the IEC 62196-3 that is almost the same of CCS. The only difference between the EU and the US standards is the connector (Type 1 for USA and type 2 for EU). There is also a small difference in one wire but is negligible.
All EU manufacturer of PEV and EV (BMW, AUDI, WV) and so on are using it since long time. For a bike this kind of charge potentially can lead to 10 or 15 minutes of charge without having to transport a 20+ KW charger with you.

Would love to test ride one of these. A lot pricier than my Zero SR but a lot higher spec in many areas. That torque and power delivery is something you never get tired of.