Called the ‘V21L’ prototype, Ducati’s electric motorcycle involved several professionals from the company, from designers to engineers, to end up with a total weight of 225 kg. That’s 12 kg less than the minimum requirements imposed by Dorna and FIM for MotoE.
In terms of power and torque, the model delivers a maximum of 110 kW (150 HP) and 140 Nm respectively, which allows it to reach a maximum speed of 275 km/h (170 MPH).
The battery is huge and uses practically the entire central part of the bike. It consists of 1,152 cylindrical cells of the ‘21700’ type, weighs 110 kg and offers a capacity of 18 kWh with a 20 kW charging socket integrated into the tail. The battery’s carbon fiber housing also acts as a stressed part of the chassis.
In addition, the 5 kg inverter is a unit derived from a high-performance model used in motorsport for electric vehicles.
The engine, on the other hand, weighs 21 kg, has a maximum rotation of 18,000 rpm, and was developed by a partner following the technical specifications provided by Ducati.
According to the company, the entire system is based on a voltage of 800V (with a fully charged battery) to maximize engine power and, as a result, performance and range.
The Ducati ‘V21L’ features an Öhlins NPX 25/30 pressurized inverted fork at the front, derived from the Superleggera V4, and an adjustable Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber at the rear.
Finally, the brake system is supplied by Brembo and is dimensioned to the specific requirements of Ducati MotoE. At the front it consists of a double steel disc with a diameter of 338.5 mm, and at the rear a single disc of 220 mm.
Anyway, we can’t say that the electric world is entirely new for Ducati, as the Bologna-based company has a range of high-performance electric bicycles. Of course, an electric motorcycle requires a lot more investment, especially a model intended for competition at the level of MotoGP.
In 2023, Ducati will assume the role of exclusive supplier to the FIM MotoE World Cup with 18 electric motorcycles on the track every weekend.
For more information, access https://www.ducati.com/gb/en/home.