Electric vehicles may be good for the environment, but they are proving even better for performance junkies. The Energica Ego electric superbike is just one example of taking mechanical performance to the next level, taking on all comers in this promotional video following a successful “Where is my Ego?” world tour.
The opponents for the Italian electric superbike includes two different Teslas (a Roadster and the P85D), a Ferrari 458 Italia, a BMW 1000RR HP4, and a Zero S electric motorcycle…and (spoiler alert) it beat them all. Some races turned out much closer than others, as you might imagine, though with a 3-second 0 to 60 MPH time, the Ego managed to edge out even the Tesla P85D, with its 3.1 second 0 to 60 MPH time. The Ferrari 458 should have been a closer race, but the instant torque of the Ego put it out in front early, and the Italian supercar couldn’t catch up to the Italian superbike. As our own Susanna Schick found out, the acceleration of the Ego is no joke.
As far as the two-wheeled competition, the BMW 1000RR HP4 got walked by the Energica Ego. Yet Energica for some only raced the Ego against a Zero S, with a 4.8 second 0 to 60 MPH time, rather than a Zero SR with a 3.3 second rating. The Ego still comes out on top on paper, but marketing is weird sometimes. Also missing are some other direct competitors, like the Mission R, the Sarolea SP7, and the Lightning LS-218, though the last one may be particularly difficult to come across.
Still, there’s no doubt that electric motors are the motivation of the future, whether you’re motivated by environmental needs, or merely a need for speed. The age of the combustion engine is over, and companies like Energica are leading the way.