This list of differences just dropped in, authored by BrammoBrian of the Brammo Owners Forum, a/k/a Brian Wismann, Brammo’s Director of Product Development.
The main differences between the Enertia “Basic” and the Enertia Plus are:
1. New Brammo Power battery providing roughly twice the range. Yes, new chemistry. There are now 2 large battery modules rather than the six smaller ones in the Enertia Basic. The chemistry in the Enertia Basic is Lithium Iron Phosphate. The chemistry in the Enertia Plus is Lithium NCM (Nickel Cobalt Manganese Oxide), sometimes referred to as Lithium “mixed metal oxide”. Both chemistries are well known for their safety and very good life cycle performance. The Lithium NCM has the benefit of greater energy density, which is how we achieve more capacity for the same weight.
2. New motor controller allows for greater configuration options and more robust communications with our VCU (vehicle control unit). This change is mostly transparent to the customer, but may provide more room for growth into “sport” or “economy” driving maps in the future.
3. New forged triple clamp with much improved steering lock and slightly modified geometry and ergonomics. Reduced trail plus the increased lock makes for a dramatic improvement to low-speed maneuverability without sacrificing stability at speed. Bar position is roughly 1″ higher and 1″ back towards the rider which was judged to be more comfortable for all variety of rider sizes.
4. New cast aluminum headlamp brackets clean up the aesthetic of the front end AND make servicing to any of the parts in that assembly much easier (i.e. more room for tools). They also reposition the dash closer to the triple clamp and change the angle slightly. The new brackets were also planned to accept accessories like the windscreen with a simple bolt-on kit.
5. New colors – Aluminium Silver, True Blood Red, Eclipsed Black, and Peacekeeping Blue. The old colors will not be available on the Plus. Black is greatly preferred based on pre-orders.
6. Upgraded motor – This is still in final validation testing. The power level is the same, but the motor features greater efficiency which reduces the heat generated, allowing more performance to be pulled out of the bike before it reaches thermal cutback temperature where current delivery starts to be reduced.
7. Auto-start module integration – The bike now starts with the key switch and does not require the button press. Button has been replaced with a nice stamped aluminum Brammo bull head badge. The bike also charges when plugged in to AC power. No special key position or steps required. Fork does not need to be locked in order to charge.
8. New mirrors, new grips and bar ends.