Energica reports that its received both its NHTSA and EPA certification for its Energica EGO, EGO 45 and presumably, but not confirmed yet, EVA bikes, just in time for the
not soon enough deliveries starting in Q3. Motorcycle.com reports Energica is almost "fully booked" for it first round of deliveries, and working on a second batch for Q4. But what's that all mean?
The NHTSA is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and requires any motorcycle "originally manufactured to comply with all applicable FMVSS" before it can be legally imported in the US. Read all about that here: NHTSA Importation and Certification FAQ’s: Motorcycles and Scooters. Which leads us to, what's the FMVSS? That's the NHTSA's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. That link will take you to a list of every standard for every vehicle. Stuff like:
Standard No. 123 - Motorcycle Controls and Displays - Motorcycles equipped with handlebars, except for motorcycles that are designed and sold exclusively for use by law enforcement agencies. (Effective 9-1-74)
This standard specifies requirements for the location, operation, identification and illumination of motorcycle controls and displays, and for stands and footrests. Its purpose is to minimize crashes caused by operator error in responding to the motoring environment, by standardizing certain motorcycle controls and displays.
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) requirements are a little simpler, at least for Energica. Want to read up on that? See their document, Certification Procedure for Battery Powered Electric Highway Motorcycles (PDF), dated 2009. When did Brammo and Zero hit the market again? By October of '09, Brammo was on the road. Zero was street-legal by at least October of '09 as well, though they'd been selling the off-road X two years earlier... and the EPA does regulate off-road bikes as well, though there, they don't specify "Battery Powered..." anywhere. Interesting.
Here's the outline we found interesting, in terms of EVs - the battery type as part of the "Engine Family" designation:
Step 3: Group your vehicles to form Engine Families based on your production Model Year, Vehicle Category and Battery Type listed below. 'Engine Family' is the basic unit that EPA uses to identify a group of motorcycles for certification and compliance purpose. A manufacturer should apply for new certificates and pay the appropriate certification fees for each Engine Family that it intends to sell in the U.S.
EPA Vehicle Category Code for Highway Motorcycles: Code 'C' Battery Type: LION - Lithium ion rechargeable battery NIMH - Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable battery LICO - Lithium Cobalt rechargeable battery LEAD - Lead- Acid rechargeable battery NICA - Nickel Cadmium rechargeable battery LIPO - Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery LIFE - LiFePO4, Lithium iron phosphate rechargeable battery ZINC - Zinc-air full cell rechargeable battery
Note: Please contact EPA (via e-mail MCemail@example.com) if you use any other battery types that are not listed above.
Yeah, we're nerds. Your point?
Energica also has added some snappy new photos to its site, so we have something to look at while we daydream and make space in the garage. Enjoy.
Made in Modena
Photos of photos of bikes...
Energica EGO 45
Energica on the road
We also noticed, for the first time, we can now get orders in for those awesome t-shirts we've seen on the Energica crew, here. on the "Merchandising" page.
Where's my "Where's My EGO" t-shirt?