Energica Motor Company, an electric motorcycle firm, is now working on the creation of a fast-charging network focused around routes in Europe and the US that “motorcyclists love to ride through,” according to an email sent to CleanTechnica and EV Obsession.
The initiative will see the company partner with numerous utility companies, charging services, hardware firms, etc., and “either co-finance the installations of dedicated chargers (DC technology 20 kw, Combo CCS standard plugs) or facilitate the access to existing ones.”
Investment through the multi-year initiative is expected to run up to €1 million, according to the email. The buildout is expected to begin in Italy and California — hotspots for the technology. First deployments are expected to begin by spring 2017.
The email provides more: “This will allow Energica customers to enjoy the best roads without any range anxiety. Automotive industry and governments are investing on the main corridors but motorcyclists like riding mountains/hills/sea roads often located far away from them. Energica will fill the gap to guarantee EV motorcycle rides.”
And: “In the areas where charging network are already available Energica facilitates customer to used them. In The Netherlands Energica has the option to use fast charge network for free thanks to an agreement with Fastned Company that provides 4 years fast charge through the growing network with 20–30 minutes average charging time.”
In related news, Energica Motor Company is also working on a new plan to offer a trade-in value guarantee at the 2-year mark, meaning that those who buy one of the company’s models will have the option of trading it in after 2 years for 50% of the original purchase price. That’s the plan anyways — nothing solid has apparently been decided upon yet.
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