The Italian manufacturer Ducati has finally started testing its MotoE superbike for the most prestigious electric motorcycle racing series. The first electric motorcycle is code-named as “V21L”. The bike is built with joint work of the Ducati Corse team and the Ducati R&D engineers, led by Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director. It was tested by Michele Pirro, a professional rider and Ducati test rider since 2013, who evaluated the technical characteristics and potential of Ducati’s first electric motorcycle.
“We are experiencing a truly extraordinary moment. I find it hard to believe it is reality and still not a dream! The first electric Ducati on the track is exceptional not only for its uniqueness but also for the type of undertaking: challenging both for its performance objectives and for its extremely short timescales. Precisely for this reason, the work of the whole team dedicated to the project has been incredible and today’s result repays us for the efforts made in recent months. We are certainly not finished yet; indeed, we know that the road ahead is still very long, but in the meantime, we have laid a first important ‘brick‘.” Says Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director
Ducati’s primary concern remains on the batteries’ size, weight, and range. Ducati has developed a cooling system suitable for the inconsistency of power delivery and enhanced power delivery.
Michele Pirro, Ducati test rider, sounds confident while saying, “Testing the MotoE prototype on the circuit was a great thrill, because it marks the beginning of an important chapter in Ducati history. The bike is light and already has a good balance. Furthermore, the throttle connection in the first opening phase and the ergonomics are very similar to those of a MotoGP bike. If it weren’t for the silence and for the fact that in this test, we decided to limit the power output to just 70% of performance, I could easily have imagined that I was riding my bike.”
Ducati is taking the electrification goals of the upcoming superbike very seriously and intends to create an electric vehicle for road use that is sporty, light, exciting, and satisfy all enthusiasts. Ducati’s experience in the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup will be fundamental support for product R&D in the coming years.