Italian e-Bike manufacturer Energica Motor Company S.p.A is enlarging its distribution network in the USA. Energica has entered into a commercial agreement with Hudson Valley Motorcycles in Ossining, New York to distribute Energica’s e-Bikes. The agreement gives Hudson Valley Motor Motorcycles the exclusive right to sell the bikes in the Northeast region. That includes New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
New York is electric vehicle friendly
Energica felt that New York provides an excellent location to market and distribute their machines. New York has the fifth largest number of motorcyclists in the US with over 392,000 registered street bikes in 2017. The state also accounted for over 4% of all motorcycles sold that year.
Data from Plug-In America says New York is the second largest markets for electric vehicles. They claim there are about 30,645 electric vehicles currently registered. That’s a 67% increase over the same period the year before. Even more attractive is that there are over 2,400 charging stations in New York. This is the fourth highest number in the US.
New York’s Governor Cuomo has announced plans to add over 10,000 additional charging stations. That makes the outlook for electric vehicles in New York very favorable.
Energica’s decision making process
Energica’s CEO, Stefano Benatti was quoted as saying:
“We know that riders have precisely the same concerns as drivers do about the range of EV and the frequency of charging stations. Like cars, this is the #1 barrier to purchase by consumers. Our bikes will travel for over 100 miles on a single charge, so the challenge is the number of places to charge up, especially DC Fast Chargers that Energica alone of all electric motorcycles is able to use.
The massive build-out of charging stations planned for New York makes that state a rival for California as a market for electric motorcycles.”
Previous e-Bike experience
Hudson Valley Motorcycles has a solid background in e-Bikes. They were a dealer for the now-defunct Alta brand of e-Bikes. Hudson Valley Motorcycle’s Richie Alexander General Manager was excited to be picking up Energica e-Bikes.
The attraction of electric for avid riders isn’t just ecological. It’s the immediate acceleration and absolutely linear torque. “We have a deep experience in sportbikes and racing, but also in electric; and this makes Energica a perfect fit for us. Energica’s high-performance bikes will be a great option for those of our customers who want something truly different and unique.”
“We saw enormous interest at the New York IMS show about Energica and that made us very excited to sign up with them. And we are already getting a ton of phone calls from riders wanting to test ride the most powerful electric motorcycles you can buy for street use.”
For more about Energica, you can check out an article that Sid / @weatherwax wrote about Energica’s e-Bikes.