On June 30, 2022, Ducati formally offered its new 2023 MotoE bike, the V21L, at a really small and unique occasion in Modena. Only a handful of European media members have been invited to Casa Maria Luigia (which is chef Massimo Bottura’s B&B) for the occasion—however now they get to inform the remainder of us all about it.
From what we will inform by wanting on the pictures, the V21L offered earlier this morning seems to be very very like the V21L prototype that Ducati has been testing. The livery is, after all, a bit totally different and extra refined. Some of the carbon fiber is roofed, whereas some is left uncovered to point out off its wonderful and distinctive grain, as a reasonably inimitable visible texture our eyes can feast upon.
The purple line graphics towards matte black/darkish grey efficiently evoke a sense of electrical energy in your thoughts—a certain signal of profitable visible communication. Ducati’s V21L design seems to be, initially, like a Ducati—and the instant visible cues don’t scream “electric motorbike” in the best way that we’re used to from different entries within the style. Still, even somebody who didn’t know what the V21L was earlier than taking a look at it’d suspect its nature simply by seeing these graphics.
What different particulars have emerged about Ducati’s MotoE bike? This first-gen model apparently weighs a stonking 225 kilograms—or only a hair over 496 kilos. Much of that weight comes from the 110 kg (roughly 242.5 pound) battery, which is an 18 kWh unit specifically designed to suit this bike and join on to the swingarm.
What about energy? Peak is a claimed 110 kW, or roughly 150 horsepower, together with 103 pound-feet of torque. It’s capable of full the required seven laps of a GP monitor that Dorna needs for its MotoE races, and the highest pace it is reached to this point is reportedly 171 mph at Mugello.
Other key elements embrace an Öhlins NPX 25/30 pressurized fork with 43mm upside-down tubes, which is derived from the Superleggera V4. There’s additionally an Öhlins TTX36 absolutely adjustable rear shock, in addition to an adjustable Öhlins steering damper. Specially-designed Brembo brakes that optimize cooling are additionally an integral a part of this design.
Ducati is especially happy with its cooling system, which it says entails a double circuit of liquid cooling to deal with the cooling wants of each the battery pack and the motor and inverter. As a consequence, Ducati says there is no want to attend earlier than charging as soon as the bike is available in sizzling from the monitor. It might be plugged straight in to cost, and attain 80 p.c of a full cost in simply 45 minutes.
Also, what Ducati is studying for the MotoE mission is headed towards future manufacturing bike growth. Ducati R&D director Vincenzo De Silvio made that very clear in his assertion on this mission:
“For Ducati, having the opportunity to become suppliers of the FIM MotoE™ World Cup is not only a technologically exciting venture, but also the best way to interpret the challenges of the new millennium. Racing competition represents the ideal terrain on which to develop innovative technologies that will then transfer to production motorcycles,” he started.
“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 a fundamental support for product R&D, together with the physiological evolution of technology and chemistry. Helping the company’s internal expertise to grow is already essential today to be ready when the time comes to put the first street electric Ducati into production.”