Ride or Die: Ducati’s First Electric Motorbike Is for Racing - Play

Ducati will be the sole manufacturer of the MotoE World Cup.

While legacy carmakers, like BMW, Ford, Mazda, and Nissan, are including electric and hybrid models in their options, motorcycle manufacturer Ducati is following suit. 

This month, Ducati unveiled its first-ever electric motorcycle, designed for racing in the MotoE 2023 season. Named the “V21L,” the Italian company uses weight-saving carbon fiber, catering to track racing. In fact, it’s 26 pounds lighter than the current generation Energica motorcycles used in the 2022 season of MotoE. 

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According to its specifications, the V21L’s 18 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery only takes 45 minutes to charge to 80 percent. It can reach speeds of 150 horsepower through a single electric motor and has reached a speed of 171 miles per hour at Tuscany’s Mugello MotoGP.

Ducati will be the sole manufacturer for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, the MotoGP World Championship electric class. 

For the future

“Racing competition represents the ideal terrain on which to develop innovative technologies that will then transfer to production motorcycles,” Ducati’s director of research and development, Vincenzo De Silvio, said in a statement.

“At this moment, the most important challenges in this field remain those related to the size, weight, autonomy of the batteries, and the availability of the charging networks. Ducati’s experience in the FIM MotoE World Cup will be fundamental support for product R&D, together with the physiological evolution of technology and chemistry.”

De Silvio adds that the V21L’s creation will help the company produce their first street electric Ducati motorbike into production. 

Banner photo from @ducati on Instagram.

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