Energica Eva Ribelle, Zero SR/F and Livewire One
Comparison of the extra class on two wheels
Energica, Zero, and LiveWire. An electric motorcycle couldn’t be more than that right now. Motorrad compares the three concepts.
Friends of the unusual and unique on two wheels should read carefully, because exclusivity is a top priority for these three naked bikes. MOTORRAD compares the bare numbers of the three electric cars Energica Eva Ribelle, Zero SR/F and LiveWire One. Spoiler: less than 23,000 euros is nothing official and more than 40.000 euros is no problem with a few clicks.
Motorcycles are powered by electric motors, which are located in the frame as the motors in the middle. All three rely on permanently excited, brushless motors. The biggest differences lie in the installation position. This is where the LiveWire stands out: its motor is mounted lengthwise and transmits its power to the toothed belt via a bevel gear with reduction. The motors on the Energica and Zero are transversely mounted and positioned close to the swingarm axle. They give their power to the rear wheel via a chain and toothed belt. They all have ridiculous torque values: 215 Nm for Energica, 190 Nm for Zero and 115 Nm for LiveWire. For comparison: to get the power of LiveWire, you need a combustion engine with a capacity of just over one liter. Peak performance values are similarly severe. Once again, Energica leads the field: the Eva Ribelle delivers peak power of 171 horsepower and continuous power of 149 horsepower. With a peak of 110 horsepower and 54 horsepower continuous, the zero is a bit lower. The LiveWire One is the weakest on paper at 100 HP. To put the performance of the Eva and SR/F in relation to conventional motorcycles: these powerful combustion engines do not legally exist.
Interesting design of drives
A look at the top speeds of the Energica and Zero engines reveals interesting things. Current Eva Ribelle EMCE motor up to 12000rpm ZF 75-10 SR / F engine has a maximum speed of 7500 rpm. Unfortunately, Livewire does not indicate any speeds. However, how the complete system is cooled. Like the Eva, the engine is liquid-cooled. Zero is based on air cooling.
Even the motors of the three premium electric bikes show significant differences in the philosophy behind the motorcycles. This is confirmed by the structure of important energy stores. Some data is available from Energica and LiveWire, and Zero does not provide any direct information about the structure of the batteries. Interesting: LiveWire, and perhaps also Zero, is based on prismatic cells, that is, the cubic units that together make up the battery. Energica goes its own way here and assembles the batteries themselves from individual bag cells. In other words, it’s made of the thin, bag-like cells that are used in a similar design in modern smartphones or laptops.
It would be unfair to directly compare the range of the three electronic auctions, as sometimes large differences in engine performance significantly distort the picture. However, it is easy to compare the total capacities of the batteries. Once again, Eva Ribelle shows the biggest numbers: Its battery can handle 21.5 kWh Save max. The Zero comes from the factory with 15.6 kWh and can optionally be increased up to 21 kWh via hardware and software. Livewire provides a storage capacity of 15.4 kWh. Important when it comes to batteries: How quickly do they charge? Shown here are Energica and LiveWire, which from previous works can be charged using direct current and even on Tesla superchargers. Eva Ribelle and LiveWire can be fully charged in just over an hour using fast charging. On AC, charging times vary between three hours (Eva) and 11 hours (Livewire). The Zero SR/F takes just over 2.7 hours on mains with the standard charger and just under 1.5 hours with the maximum upgrade on a full charge.
What do e-bikes consume?
The consumption of e-bikes cannot be displayed in liters / 100 km. In the case of electric cars, the consumption of kilowatt-hours per 100 kilometers can be an indicator of driving efficiency. In the case of the Eva Ribelle, Zero SR/F, and Livewire One, we take the manufacturer’s highway mileage information and the net capacity of the batteries as an example. Energica gives 198 km of motorway range And a net capacity of 18.9 kWh. Results: 10.47 kWh / 100 km. Zero: range 135 km And 13.7 net gives 9.75 kWh / 100 km. LiveWire One offers 112 kilometers at 14 kWh, which results in a consumption of 8 kW / 100 km.
Electricity is heavy
The open aspect of all electric vehicles, regardless of the number of wheels, is weight. And these three premium chargers from Energica, Zero and Livewire are no exception. The highest-performance Eva Ribelle weighs 260 kg, Zero SR/F tips the scales at 227 kg. And LiveWire can’t hide their Harley genes, – Weigh 263 kg frequently. For comparison: a fully-equipped Travel Enduros like the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure and the like weighs 260 kg today.
Future generations of manufacturers should be much lighter here. With the new Del Mar, Livewire is already making a logical approach to battery design to support the battery, while the three competitors here still need a tubular frame or bridge to hold the heavy battery. Energica will receive the new EMCE engine at the end of 2021 Foot. Less weight and more strength are its core data. Zero has been offering its products in-house since the end of 2021 Cypher store software upgrades for his models. Larger bandwidth (+1,295 €) and faster shipping (+595 €) can also be purchased. By the way: Zero and Livewire come from the factory with lean-angle-based systems For ABS and traction control.
How much do the most powerful electric motorcycles cost?
Let’s start with the price list according to the price list cheapest streamer to: The Zero riyals / q It starts from €23,680 in the basic version. The charging tank can be ordered for approximately €3,000, which increases the cargo capacity and allows charging using express chargers or wall boxes. Instead, the power tank increases capacity by 3.6 kWh for 3,500 euros. If you want the SR/F’s maximum range, you pay €28,494 with the power tank and Cypher upgrade and, according to Zero, increase your highway range from 135 kilometers to 182 kilometers. LiveWire One is not currently offered directly in Germany. Livewire was last sold under the Harley-Davidson brand for 29,999 euros.
The price of Energica Eva Ribelle starts at 28,786 euros and can be Upgrade to Öhlins chassis, carbon rims and carbon accessories The price of a three-color paint can reach more than 40 thousand euros.
Taking the pure driving performance of the premium-class three electric motorcycles and the pioneering spirit that comes with them, they are – in part – worth their supposedly high prices. With the Energica Eva Ribelle comes the highest values in all respects, Italian elegance and for a time the aura of the MotoE World Motorcycle Champion. The LiveWire One lags significantly in terms of pure performance data on paper, is the heaviest and doesn’t currently have the “real” Harley-Davidson aura anymore. On paper, the Zero SR/F offers a very comprehensive package with high performance, relatively low weight and a decent range. Electric is currently the gold standard for premium electric vehicles.