High-end electric bike firm Energica has announced a £1.8m deal to supply the Indonesian police with battery-powered motorcycles. And the bikes were first seen at the high-profile G20 summit held in Bali. The deal means 88 Energica EsseEsse9+ roadsters will operate as outriders for heads of state, politicians, diplomats and officials around the famous holiday island, giving electric two-wheelers a big presence on the world stage.
The EsseEsse9 is Energica’s retro-styled naked machine, using similar tech to the firm’s Ego+ and Ribelle performance bikes, but with less peak power. Range is claimed to be more than 260 miles around town, and the bikes can fast charge in an hour, so they should be able to cope with a full day of steady security riding around the compact Indonesian island.
“When G20 delegates arrive in Bali, they will be welcomed and escorted by a security detail riding Energica bikes,” says Livia Cevolini, Energica Motor Company CEO. “That means their first experience will be seeing zero-emission, high-performance vehicles in action. My hope is that this experience sticks with each delegate throughout the summit and in all discussions around climate change and transportation.”