The 2022 edition of EICMA, the most important International Exhibition dedicated to the world of two wheels, will start in a few days. This year there will be many news from motorcycle manufacturers on the sustainable mobility front.
Electric mobility on display at EICMA 2022 - In a few days the curtain will rise on Edition number 79 of the International Two-wheeler Exhibition: from 8 to 13 November, at Fiera Milano Rho, the present and future of two wheels will be seen by thousands of people. More than 1300 brands from the world of two wheels will participate in this year's event. In fact, 58% of the exhibitors who will occupy the six pavilions of the exhibition center this year, one more than in 2021, come from abroad, representing 43 different countries. Numerous and important returns among the companies, but also significant are the new appearances: over 20% of exhibitors have chosen to show for the first time the fruit of their investments in EICMA. The official start of the 79th edition of EICMA will be on 8 November, a day dedicated only to the sector press, while fans will be able to access from 10 to 13 November, from 9.30 to 18.30.
Electric mobility on show at EICMA 2022
This year will be the first edition of EICMA in which electric and sustainable mobility will play a leading role. Electric vehicles in Italy are already worth 5% of the market and are destined to rise in the immediate future, especially in urban mobility. In the first ten months of the year, sales of electric two-wheeled vehicles recorded an increase of 56,3% compared to 2021, also thanks to eco-incentives. It is therefore natural that their presence grows in the most important international exhibition dedicated to the world of two wheels. So let's see what new electric models we will be able to see among the EICMA stands.
EICMA 2022 can count on the presence of the four main Japanese brands (Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki) and on the return of Ducati, after the absence of 2021. There is a lot of curiosity around the Borgo Panigale house, to find out if it will bring the prototype of the MotoE, the V21L with which the MotoE World Championship 2023. The MotoE Ducati has already been shown to the public of the Ducati fans who participated in WDW2022, we'll see if visitors to EICMA can admire it too.
News are also expected from some of the four Japanese houses. Honda has recently declared that it will launch ten new electric models by 2025, we will see if the first of these will be unveiled at the Milan Motor Show. Who has already shown his first electric motorcycle to the public is Kawasaki, which at Intermot last month unveiled an EV prototype with design and style borrowed from the bikes in the Z range. Kawasaki has already committed to introducing three electric vehicles this year; the first was the Elektrode balance bike intended for children between the ages of three and eight, while the other two should be a sports bike and a standard bike sharing the same 15HP engine.
Di Suzuki, little is known, except that he is working on an electric version of the Burgmann scooter. Who will have something to show in the field of electric mobility is Yamaha , which launched the NEO's electric scooter on the market this year, a scooter equivalent to an endothermic 50cc, and which is preparing to bring the E01 to Europe, a model equivalent to a 125cc scooter, which is already available in Japan and which recently was presented in Indonesia, one of the key markets for electric mobility.
From the United States to Milan, Zero Motorcycles will bring its rich range of electric motorcycles, including the new DSR / X, the Californian brand's first adventure bike. The DSR / X is a dual sport bike that meets the needs of the riders of the most important motorcycle segment in Europe, that of adventure bikes. The DSR / X definitely represents a new generation of dual sport bikes, an adventure bike that adds to the wide range of models of the Californian house which includes the SR series, the iconic model of the Californian brand with the three versions SR, SR / F and SR / S, and the FXE, a futuristic road motard presented to the public in 2021.
Zero Motorcycles' DSR / X will for the first time find itself facing its conceptually closest rival, theEnergica Experia. The Experia is an electric tourer previewed by Energy Motor Company at Mugello, on the occasion of the Italian GP of the MotoGP and of the MotoE, Of which Energica was the sole supplier from 2019 to 2022. Lined up alongside Experia will be the other high-performance electric sports bikes of the Italian manufacturer: the Ego, the Eva Ribelle and the EsseEsse9 in the basic and RS versions. Among the items concerning the news of Energica, there is that of a new 134 kW (182 hp) electric motor destined to become the propulsive base for its future motorcycles.
Among the top companies there will be BMW, the KTM-Husqvarna group and Harley-Davidson, so the CE 04 maxiscooter of the German house, the Freeride E-XC and the KTM electric minibikes for children will not be present at EICMA, nor the Vektorr scooter and the E-Pilen motorcycle under development by Husqvarna. Instead, it will be present Triumph, that could carry the TE-1, an electric prototype based on SpeedTriple. The project, born in 2019, focused on the development of technologies for an electric motorcycle and involved the participation of Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG of the University of Warwick and was funded by the British government. The overall objective of the TE-1 project was to make a contribution to Triumph's future electric motorcycle offering. Last July, Triumph announced the completion of road tests, the last planned phase of the TE-1 project. The prototype is very similar to a Triumph Street Triple, has a power of 173 HP and a weight of 220kg.
On the electric scooter front, there will be many news and we will deal with them in a dedicated article to be released in the coming days. It will be interesting to see what's new in VMoto Soco, the result of the recent agreement with Pininfarina to develop innovative solutions in the design and aerodynamics of the scooters of the Australian house. Another stand to visit carefully will be that of NIU, a leading company in the sector. At the moment no news is expected from Piaggio, which at EICMA 2021 had brought the Piaggio 1, its first electric moped, equivalent to a 50cc and the Piaggio 1 Active, the best-selling electric scooter in Italy in the 125cc equivalent range. Who will bring a new scooter will be the Italian WOW which will present the 778S, a new model that will join the already present 774 and 775. Among the stands to visit we point out that of ZEEHO, which will present its "Magnet Concept", Yadea, with the latest arrivals M6L and T9L Plus and Horwin, debuting with the SK3. We also report the Chinese FELO, main sponsor of the Gresini Racing team in the world championship MotoE, which will bring two interesting innovations to EICMA: the FE-06, the electric scooter used by the Gresini MotoGP team to travel around the paddock of the world championship, and the FW-03, which incorporates the lines of the legendary Booster of the 90s.
In the “difficult to classify” motorcycle sector, we point out the Swedish CAKE, with its iconic model, the Kalk, protagonist of the first edition of the CAKE Worlds One Design Race, the international competition with the electric all-road motorcycles of the Swedish company. In addition to the Kalk, CAKE also presents the modular utility car Ösa and the Makka urban mobility scooter.
In the days when EICMA 2022 will take place, we will update you with posts dedicated to the main models for electric mobility.
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