Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Italy's first electric motorbike makes 3D debut in NY


(By Emily Backus)
Milan, July 10 - It sounds like a daydream - a
sleek, powerful, state-of-the-art motorcycle with Formula 1
technology that plugs into the wall.
But the battery is not the most surprising aspect of
Italy's first electric street motorcycle - the Energica - poised
to enter dealerships in 2015.
Much of the body of the first working model was sculpted by
a 3D-printing machine that sprayed layer upon layer of
high-performance Windform material from digital designs.
And yes, the superbike drives like a dream, reaching a top
speed of 220 km per hour.
It has a range of 150 km and lasts 11 hours, though at a
more moderate everyday pace of 70 km per hour.
The batteries can be recharged within three hours with a
normal socket or in less than 30 minutes to 80% capacity with
direct current.
The Energica will make its New York debut on September 10,
as the subject of a seminar on creativity and technology given
by its maker, the CRP Group of Modena.
CRP Group will reveal the secrets behind the electric
superbike's unique design at the Italian Cultural Institute in
New York as part of the year-long programme of events called,
"Italy in the US: Year of Italian Culture in the United States".
The Italian foreign ministry's programme is also sponsored
by leading Italian companies like the energy giant ENI, Intesa
Sanpaolo bank and the multinational confectioner Ferrero.
CRP Group is a decades-old racing mechanics veteran located
in the Italian MotorValley of luxury sports cars, also home to
Ferrari, Maserati, Lamberghini and Ducati.
CRP Group's racing electric motorcycles TTXGP and FIM
e-Power won second place in the world championship races of 2010
and 2011.
"Our company is particularly devoted to innovation, and
Energica represents an example of that attitude," said Franco
Cevolini, CEO and technical director of CRP Group.
"Together with our American company CRP USA we are directly
involved in state-of-the-art projects, and the workshop in New
York is a great chance for us to be part of a great venue
dedicated to the promotion of Italian excellence," Cevolini
Stewart Davis, director of operations for CRP USA, will
give the workshop, which is called "Energica, the First
Made-in-Italy Electric Motorcycle, and High-Performance 3D
Printing Materials. The Italian Experience Outrunning
"We are involved in many different projects (using) 3D
printing, from motorsports to aerospace, and we are glad to be
in New York to represent the workmanship of the company," said
"It's a great occasion to illustrate how the creativity and
the technology associated with Windform high-performing
materials can lead to incredible artwork like the construction
of a vehicle".
Energica was officially unveiled at the 2012 Motorcycle
Show (EIMCA) as a running prototype.
The electric superbike will be featured this year in the
1.618 Sustanaible Luxury Guide, the world's first sustainable
luxury online guide.
Reservations are open on the website,

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