Ducati MotoE, 150 Hp X 225 Kg: the 275 km / h electric bike at Mugello


Ducati MotoE, 150 Hp X 225 Kg: the 275 km / h electric bike at Mugello
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The Borgo Panigale manufacturer has announced the technical data of the electric prototype that will be the protagonist next year in the Fim World Moto E. The 150 hp engine is powered by an 18 kWh battery that acts as a load-bearing element.

Luca Frigerio

– Milan

In 2023 Ducati will be the protagonist in the MotoE with the new V21L. The electric prototype of Borgo Panigale was unveiled last year, but finally the Italian brand has declared the numbers we are waiting for: power, weight, maximum speed and battery capacity. Let’s find out all the technical details of the first zero-emission bike that we will see protagonist in the world championship next year.

ducati motoe

Unlike the Energica that runs in MotoE, the Ducati is not a series-derived motorcycle but a real racing prototype, which lays the foundations for a future model from the Borgo Panigale house. Lots of carbon fiber, starting from the fairing: the lines are very streamlined and pointed with the windshield very reminiscent of that of the Panigale V4. Unlike the super sports cars we are used to, there are no aerodynamic fins, this is to reduce the impact with the air and optimize performance. Closely observed every detail is very accurate and the charging socket, which accepts a power of 20 kWh (to reach 805 charge in 45 minutes), of the batteries is hidden in the tail: The 1471 mm wheelbase confirms the dimensions compact and giving the appearance of a traditional motorcycle there is also the double radiator hidden behind the front wheel, one for cooling the bacteria and the secondary (smaller) for the motor and the inverter.

ducati motoe: the chassis

Taking advantage of the experience in Superbike and on production models, Ducati has focused on the front-frame chassis of the V4 and the battery pack used as a stressed element (in fact on traditional models it is the internal combustion engine that is the load-bearing). The aluminum swingarm, on the other hand, is anchored to the compact electric motor, which is supported by a chassis by Holins. At the front the fork is a pressurized Npx 25/30 while at the rear there is a Ttx 36 mono shock absorber, both fully adjustable. The braking system is Brembo with radial calipers and two 338.5 mm steel discs to tackle the most demanding braking sections. The most interesting thing is that unlike the current MotoE which does not allow changes to the chassis, on the electric Ducati the technicians will be able to vary the position of the pivot and the angle of the steering head, as on the MotoGP bikes. Furthermore, the electronic package is also more sophisticated than the current one: pilots will be able to vary the intervention of the traction control, the drift, the wheelie and the accelerator response.

ducati motoe: the powertrain

The soul of the Ducati V21L is the 18 kWh battery. The package, consisting of a carbon fiber shell, contains 1152 cylindrical cells, for a total weight of 110 kg, which does not have a rectangular shape to contain the overall dimensions. Compared to the Energica, the capacity is slightly lower and the system operates at 800 V, in fact, as repeatedly stated by Borgo Panigale, the technicians have focused on the lightness factor. The engine, on the other hand, is very compact and together with the other components that make up the powertrain was developed with the support of external suppliers and automotive brands such as Audi and Lamborgnini, which have a lot of experience in electrification. The result is a 225 kg electric motorcycle (about 22 less than the current MotoE, with a 54% distribution at the front), a maximum power of 150 Hp (about 13 less than the Energica) and with a torque maximum of 140 Nm, a value that allows it to shoot from a standstill (as we have seen) like the MotoGP desmo sixteen. Furthermore, the Italian engineers, without exaggerating lap times, declared a top speed at Mugello of 275 km / h. Already now the bike is able to complete the minimum race laps imposed by the Dhorna, but tests will still be carried out also in view of 2025 when we will see the second generation of the Ducati MotoE.

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