It is not necessary that the power produced must go down when bikes are being updated to meet the tight Euro 4 emission norms. Renowned electric bike maker – Energica- has launched the 2017 Ego and Eva which are now Euro 4 compliant and get a surfeit of power.
The supersport electric bike – Ego – now makes 145bhp and the torque has been increased by 6Nm to 199Nm. It’s the same story with the Eva – the naked version of the Ego. This electric vehicle now delivers 108bhp and 179Nm. The Energicas are known for their acceleration and ability to reach 100kmph in just 3 seconds. While both bikes have been limited to 200kmph, which can be achieved in sport mode, the four riding modes and the regenerative maps allow the bikes to be ridden for a good distance before heading to a charging station.
The Energica Eva and Ego are currently being sold in North America and select European countries. The infrastructure for such bikes have been made possible in these markets, however, it will take many more years for bikes like these to become financially appealing enough for the Indian market. There are a few companies that have tried experimenting in India, however, they didn’t succeed. Terra Motors had launched the Kiwami electric superbike at Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), but failed to get a single customer. Other companies like Tork and Ather who are trying to build an affordable EVs have not been managed to launch the production models due to development and price constraints.