They’re heavy. They have limited range. And the manufacturer can’t keep up with demand.

Want more contradictions? They’re marketing one of the machines as a mix of virtue and wickedness. Their hashtag is #MyElectricSin.

The virtue is that this bike is eco-friendly electric. The sin is that it’s a “streetfighter.”

Energica Ego — photo courtesy of Energica

What is it? Italy’s first-ever all-electric motorcycle, the Energica Ego (and its track-racing cousin, the Ego Corsa) and the streetfighter Eva.

The Ego is powered by an oil-cooled 107kW (145 hp c.ca) motor with instantaneous power reaching from 4900 rpm to 10500 rpm and a torque of 144 ft lb (195 Nm) ranging from 0 rpm to 4700 rpm.

If you got lost in the numbers, here’s a recap: massive torque from the second you twist your wrist. That’s the beauty of electric motors.

Energica Ego — photo courtesy of Energica

There’s no clutch or transmission. Just keep turning that throttle until you hit the governed maximum top speed of 150 mph (240 kph.) There is a “neutral” throttle position that falls between accelerating and power-regenerating slowing down — it’s a coasting mode, basically. Regenerative braking comes from Brembo with a Bosch ABS system. There’s also a PARK ASSISTANT mode that modulates torque for low-speed maneuvering. It includes a reverse function.

Energica is owned by CRP Group, a conglomerate focused on precision CNC milling and 3D printing — in other words, high tech production that’s found in top-shelf applications like Formula 1 race cars. That level of detail and quality work has made its way into the design and manufacture of the Ego as well.

Brembo brakes and Bosch ABS — photo courtesy of Energica

Which sounds great.

But as we all know, while electric can be eco-friendly (if you can get around the issues with the manufacturing and disposal of the batteries) it comes with a penalty.

Range is one. The Ego has a claimed range of 100 miles (160 kms.) But if you run it hard the battery goes faster and range can go as low as a reported 31 miles (50 kms.) Weight is another, thanks to the battery. The mass is somewhere between 569–617 lbs (258–280 kilograms.)

Front view of the Energica Ego — photo courtesy of Energica

A third is how long it takes to recharge the battery. A fast charging station in Mode 4 can get it to 85% capacity in 30 minutes. Mode 3 will get it to 100% in 3 1/2 hours. If you plug it into an ordinary electrical socket at home in the US, at 110 volts it takes 8 hours to come to full capacity. The battery has 1200 cycles of life when charged to 80%.

Energica Eva Streetfighter — photo courtesy of Energica

The Eva streetfighter comes with a smaller motor — 80kW (109 hp c.ca) of instantaneous power and a torque of 133 ft lb (180 Nm.) In ECO mode it has a range of 125 miles (200 km) with a governed top speed of 125 mph (200 km/h) in SPORT mode.

Energica doesn’t list their prices online. But they’re steep. We found a 2017 Ego on Cycletrader and the asking price was $22,350. A 2014 CNET review of the Ego said the retail back then was $34,000, but we must stress that we don’t know if the price has changed since then.

The Ego was on display at INTERMOT and if you want to see more, here’s a report from India’s Powerdrift.

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