Like it or not, electric motorcycles undeniably represent the future of two-wheeled mobility — a fact that’s prompted practically every major marque to begin developing its own take on an EV scoot. And while Italian brand Aprilia has yet to release its first fully-electric motorcycle model, the company is nonetheless giving the motoring public an early glimpse at its upcoming EV lineup with the debut of what’s been dubbed the ELECTRICa Project.
Picking up where Aprilia’s SXV models left off, the ELECTRICa Project is a one-off, fully-electric supermoto concept that’s been engineered specifically for younger riders. Pieced together around a twin-spar frame, the concept is powered by a centrally-mounted electric motor that’s been paired with a chain final drive system. The concept’s powertrain also benefits from lessons learned developing other EV models under the Piaggio Group Family — Aprilia’s parent company and the firm behind brands like Moto Guzzi and Vespa.
Riding on ultra-light six-arm Phonic wheels wrapped in sticky street rubber, this modern take on an electric supermoto features Aprilia’s signature triple headlight cluster, an MX-style seat, hand guards, and bodywork crafted from forged carbon fiber. Without the need for a clutch or shift lever, the ELECTRICa also sees both its front and rear brake controls positioned on the handlebar. What’s more, the use of a specially-tuned mono-shock and an inverted fork also afford the ELECTRICa the same sporty performance that Aprilia’s superbikes are known for. Other highlights on the concept include an accessible, low seat height, a keyless ignition system, LCD instrumentation, and a suite of active electronic aids.
While Aprilia has yet to reveal if the ELECTRICa Project will ever see the light of production, the concept does confirm that the Noale marque’s first EV offerings will be aimed at younger, novice riders.