Italian electric motorbike brand Energica plans to integrate its technology into the aviation industry, specifically small aircraft and seaplanes used for training and leisure applications.
Energica is best known for its range of sports, naked and tourer electric motorbikes, and previously designed and built the spec machine for the MotoE racing series.
By working in collaboration with French firm Phoenix Air Corp, Energica integrated its electric powertrain into an aeroplane propeller to assess the performance of its e-motorbike tech.
Energica plans to integrate the powertrain in an ultralight seaplane to test its capabilities in a more realistic environment.
Alongside its project with Phoenix Air Corp, Energica is working with a team of engineers in California to install its e-motorbike powertrain in a purpose built Sonex airframe, The project will aim to discover how the Energica unit performs, the range it is able to achieve and if it could be used for multiple uses cases such as training courses and even aerobatics.
Energica will also partner with Czech outfit, Pure Flight, to assess how the electric powertrain will perform in its ΦNIX airplane. Pure Flight's will seek to understand if the integration of an Energica Powertrain would guarantee the highest range for European trips.
All projects will run concurrently, with all firm’s working collaboratively to finetune the set-up of the Energica electric powertrain to create the best solution possible.