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Energica Eva at Golden Gate Bridge on California 1 tour from LA to San Francisco

Energica Eva at Golden Gate Bridge on California 1 tour from LA to San Francisco

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Energica Eva

$34k - 11.7kwh - 118mi - 3kw charger & CCS DCFC - 108HP - 180ft-lbs - 568lbs

Energica Ego 

$34k - 11.7kwh - 118mi - 3kw charger & CCS DCFC - 145HP - 200ft-lbs - 568lbs

Energica Ego 45

$68k - 11.7kwh - 118mi - 3kw charger  & CCS DCFC - 145HP - 200ft-lbs - 568lbs

Energica has made a name for itself as a company that delivers high-quality, powerful motorcycles. Every detail of the Ego and Eva is integrated seamlessly into the rider experience. Both sport Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires, Marzocchi front forks, a Bitubo rear shock, and a throttle that seems to bond with the rider's hand. 

Several owners have taken Energica Egos on long-range tours of more than 1,000 km using the onboard DC Fast Charger.

WATCH THIS: Energica Eva: test ride of electric motorcycle with DC fast charging (video)

The Ego and Eva cost considerably more than other electric motorcycles, offer better performance, and the ability to fast charge is a big deal and a game changer. Energica has recently offered a guaranteed trade-in value plus $6,600 to purchase one of its new bikes. 

The main differences between the Ego Superbike and the Eva Naked Streetbike are their styles, sitting positions, and the power available from their motors. The Ego can now deliver a maximum power of 107 kw (145 hp) while the Eva can use 80 kw (108 hp), still plenty strong.

 

Alta RedShift SM electric motorcycle

Alta RedShift SM electric motorcycle

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Alta Motors 

$15.5k - 5.2kwh - 50 mi - 1.3kw charger - 40HP - 120ft-lbs - 251lbs

$15k    - 5.2kwh - 50 mi - 1.3kw charger - 40HP - 120ft-lbs - 270lbs (offroad)

Alta Motors has now put its Redshift MX (Motocross) and Redshift SM (Supermoto) into production, and is making deliveries to buyers who pre-ordered.  The Redshift MX is an offroad bike with Bridgestone Battlecross X30 tires, WP 5018-Link shocks, and Brembo brakes with a top speed of 65mph. 

The Redshift SM is built to compete with 250cc bikes and is street-legal, using Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires, Brembo Brakes and WP 5018-Link shocks, offering a top speed of 80mph. Both power delivery and regenerative braking can be adjusted on the fly. Alta have had some track success against 250cc bikes at the professional level.  

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2016 Victory Empulse electric motorcycle

2016 Victory Empulse electric motorcycle

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2016 Victory Empulse TT

2016 Victory Empulse TT

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2016 Victory Empulse TT

2016 Victory Empulse TT

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2016 Victory Empulse 

$10k - 10.4kwh - 128mi - 3kw charger (220V) - 54HP - 61ft-lbs - 470lbs

There will be no 2017 Victory Empulse, since new owner Polaris has decided to close down its Victory brand altogether. Some of these bikes may remain available at former Victory dealers for incredible discounts. 

Victory has offered as much as $10,000 customer cash, cutting the price to $10,000, and some reports have suggested actual transactions as low as $6,000.

It remains unclear whether the electric bikes originally developed by pioneer Craig Bramscher will eventually continue under the Indian brand, also owned by Polaris.


 
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