Ducati V21L Electric Motorcycle Prototype

MotoE racing electric motorcycles.

Ducati’s first electric motorcycle prototype was finally released, giving the world an initial look at the bike that is set to fill Energica’s shoes as the exclusive supplier of the FIM MotoE electric motorcycle racing series.

With Energica’s contract ending, Ducati stepped up as the new manufacturer of MotoE racing electric motorcycles. The announcement was made barely two months ago, and now the Italian motorcycle manufacturer is already giving the world a glimpse of the bike to come.

Ducati V21L Electric Motorcycle Prototype

 

In the saddle was test rider Michele Pirro, who put the bike through its paces in front of Ducati’s cameras.

Ducati shows off its First Electric Racing Motorcycles

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While Ducati was quick to show off the bike in action, the company has yet to share any hard numbers on performance.

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The bike that Ducati will attempt to replace was the Energica Ego Corsa, which was known to hit speeds of up to 160 mph (257 km/h) during races.

Energica outfitted the bike with a 110 kW (147 hp) liquid-cooled electric motor helping lay down 220 Nm of torque.

Ducati V21L

Ducati’s fully-faired V21L electric racing motorcycle doesn’t provide many glimpses of the technology underneath the panels. We can see a single-speed setup with a chain drive that runs in line with the swingarm pivot, helping to give a few clues about the drivetrain. But the larger powertrain is still a mystery as the battery pack is hidden away from view.