Ducati has good news to announce about its development of a racing motorcycle with an electric motor. According to its own information, the tradition-steeped Italian motorcycle manufacturer has already been testing an all-electric runabout on two wheels for just under six months, which is to become the new regular MotoE machine. Now the public is getting some exciting data on the development status.
Still waters run deep
Since electromobility began its triumphant march on our roads, even the last person has realized that a lot of power by no means has to go hand in hand with a loud engine. FormulaE and MotoE – the all-electric counterparts to Formula1 and MotoGP – are correspondingly fast but also quiet. A development team at Ducati has now presented its latest racing car for the electric motorcycle racing series. We should be able to see the V21L on the race tracks of the popular series as early as next year. According to the motorcycle manufacturer, it will then serve as a motorcycle for all MotoE racing teams. A corresponding contract valid until 2026 has probably already been concluded.
Accumulator of the Ducati V21L makes up half of the total weight
With a weight of 225 kg, the V21L is surprisingly light. By comparison, the previous MotoE motorcycle from manufacturer Energicas weighs significantly more at 265 kg. The big difference in weight is due in part to the choice of materials. Ducati relies on a lightweight composite material reinforced with carbon fibers. As a result, the entire motorcycle weighs just 115 kg without the battery. Speaking of the battery. Ducati relies on a special liquid cooling system for the V21L’s battery, which should ensure high performance. The battery unit is said to have a total capacity of 18 kWh. The electric drive is said to be able to offer a maximum output of 110 kW.
In combination with the torque of 140 Nm and the low weight, Ducati has so far reached a top speed of up to 275 km/h in test rides. This may seem laughable compared to the MotoGP racing cars, which currently have a record of 364 km/h. But when you consider that it is an electric drive, the result is truly remarkable. We will probably not see the V21L in normal road traffic. However, if you want to be electric on two wheels and also do some sports, you are better off with an e-bike anyway. Just recently, Blaupunkt announced Enno and Decathlon two exciting newcomers with the Magic Bike.