Ducati’s first electric motorcycle is designed for MotoE racing

Ducati has not only unveiled its first electric motorcycle, but a key piece in the 2023 season of MotoE-E motorcycle racing, the company announced. The V21L prototype has the classic Ducati look but is clad in carbon fiber and houses a 150hp electric motor with an 18kWh battery. As detailed in an announcement last year, Ducati will be the exclusive supplier of all 18 bikes that will be used to race in the FIM MotoE World Cup from 2023 to 2026.

It weighs 225 kilograms (496 pounds), with just under half the weight for the battery – very heavy for a road bike (143 pounds more than ICE models), but still 26 pounds under MotoE’s spec for 2023. There are too 35 kg (77 pounds) lighter than the Energica e-bikes currently used in MotoE racing.

The V21L can be charged to 80 per cent in just 45 minutes and has enough range to complete the required seven laps of key GP circuits. It has reportedly reached speeds of up to 171 MPH at the Mugello MotoGP circuit in Tuscany.

The e-bike is quite a bet by (and on) Ducati considering it’s never built one before, but the company said it used its extensive racing experience to design the model. At the same time, the knowledge gained from racing is traced back to its consumer models.

“For now, the main challenges in this area remain those related to size, weight, battery autonomy and the availability of charging networks,” said Ducati R&D Director Vincenzo De Silva in a statement. “It is essential today to support the company’s in-house know-how as it grows in order to be ready when the time comes to put the first electric Ducati for the road into production.”

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