CRP, the Italian company who made a splash last year when it announced it would make a production electric motorcycle, has been strangely quiet lately. With no news coming from the team in Modena, Italy, we wondered, what’s CRP been up to lately?
While not much has been said publicly for months, CRP has been working feverishly behind the scenes to strengthen its staff. Announced recently is the hiring of two highly talented engineers, Enrico Zelioli and Giovanni Gherardi. The investment and addition in these two men to CRP’s current crop of talented staff shows the company is serious about bringing a real contender to the e-bike market in its first attempt.
A graduate of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Zelioli comes to CRP from the Husqvarna – BMW Group, where he was the project leader for four-stroke off-road models and, starting in 2009, assumed the same role for the Nuda 900. At CRP, Zelioli’s title will be Project Manager – Chassis & Body Dept. Here he will coordinate the design of the streetbike with the development team.
Known in some circles as the “most important Italian expert in the field of electric vehicles,” Giovanni Gherardi also brings a wealth of experience to CRP. Educated at the University of Florence, his most recent position was Electronic R&D Manager – Energy Storage with Oxygen Spa. Here he helped develop an automatic battery test bench able to run all USABC FreedomCAR and IEC62660-1 performance and aging tests in order to characterize and select lithium cells.
He assumes the role of Electronic System Architect at CRP, where he will be responsible for the design of the electronic control system of the bike and the vehicle controller.
To read more about the CRP brand, visit their website at www.ecrp.eu.