“From there I understood there is a market for high-performing light bikes and that’s how the Cagiva electric bike project started,” he says.
“From my pure personal experience, the torque, power and throttle response is great. You can have fun and you don’t scare the cows and the deers. It’s actually enjoyable.”
He says MV will not go into electric bikes because he says there is no market for high-performing street bikes.
However, he hints that they might consider a hybrid (electric/petrol) MV sports bike, but he wouldn’t elaborate.
“People think the electric bike is for losers and the reality is it is not.
“But at the moment, its potential is in cities for short-range commuting from home to the office or for short trips.
“We don’t yet live in a world where you can live with an electric car. I would like to buy a Tesla, but only for driving from home to the office. I travel a lot by car and I can’t start my journey by doing a flight plan like in a plane.
“The charging infrastructure needs to improve first.”
One of the biggest complaints Motorbike Writer has received from MV fans is the long wait for spare parts.
Giovanni acknowledges this.
While the company only plans to build 4000 bikes this year, he says they are concentrating on getting parts supply right.