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Energica’s “EsseEsse9” Concept – Improved Tech, Terrible Looks…

Fortunately, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So, if you think this a looker, then more power to you. It’s a good thing that the improved technology onboard Energica’s latest concept outweighs the rather ugly design, otherwise the poor little concept would have no redeeming features whatsoever. Take note of the word “concept” though – because this isn’t a preview of their future design aesthetic, it’s a technology showcase…. So, here it is: the EsseEsse9 from Energica, probably the world’s most interesting electric motorcycle developer. They might not have much in the way of competition, but you can’t help but agree that their Ego and Eva models are certainly the best electric performance bikes currently on the market.

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And it’s a good thing that the Italian firm is doing so well, otherwise this recent unveiling could have been a bit of a career breaker. Luckily, we value function over form so let’s see what kind of details the EsseEsse9 comes with. If you’re looking for something that tops the spec of their current Ego superbike model (which boasts a top speed of 150 mph and a range of 80 miles) then prepare to be disappointed. This concept focuses on the evolution of one of the electric markets most difficult problems: overheating batteries.

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It’s because of their new approach to battery storage that makes the EsseEsse9 concept look so…odd. Batteries overheat, it’s as simple as that – and when they’re subject to too much overheating, they start to degrade, which greatly diminishes the battery’s effectiveness. Energica have come up with a new battery case that promises to defeat this problem. As you can see in the pictures the huge battery case sits at the front of the bike making it look a little on the strange side, but the new casing contains a clever cooling plate that prevents the batteries from overheating.

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And yeah, it’s ugly – but the point of this concept is to showcase the advances that they’re making with battery technology. Consider it a design model rather than a pre-production model.

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As the potential for battery power increases, the need for more innovations like this will be greater. It might not be pretty, but at least the technology is moving in the right direction. “Function over form” is a very useful phrase for this exercise, eh?

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Joe Appleton
About Joe Appleton

I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…