Ducati V21L electric motorcycle details revealed

Details have emerged about Ducati’s first electric bike, the Ducati V21L, which will be competing in the FIM MotoE World Cup from next year. The MotoE grid has been supplied by Italian electric bike maker Energica since its inception in 2019 and is now set to be replaced by Ducati from 2023. Ducati’s first stab at an electric motorcycle, Project ‘V21L’, is set to lead to a road-going electric bike from the Borgo Panigale-based manufacturer.

The battery pack is the most important part of the powertrain of an electric motorcycle. This Ducati supports a bigger 18kWh unit. The battery itself weighs 110kg and there’s an integrated 20kW charging socket in the tail of the bike. The motor powering this bike weighs 21 kg, which generates 150hp and 140Nm of torque. With a maximum rotation speed of 18000 RPM, the motor revs more than even the 600cc sportbikes from Japan.

Ducati says that the cooling system is a “double circuit design designed to meet the thermal needs of the battery pack and inverter unit.” In fact, Ducati also claims that there is no need to wait for the battery pack to cool down before starting the charging process. The battery can be charged as soon as the bike hits the pits. It takes around 45 minutes to reach 80 per cent of the claimed range.

Ducati has claimed that their MotoE prototype has achieved a top speed of 275 kmph at the Mugello circuit. Ducati has not mentioned any category data. This shows from its choice of usage that it will need to be able to complete a MotoE race on a single charge. MotoE races are usually around 35 km long. The 110kg battery pack to cover such a distance gives you an idea of ​​how much electric mobility and battery tech need to catch up against petrol power.

This is one area where the V21L prototype shares a lot in common with other Ducati machines. Aluminum front monocoque frame weighing just 3.7 kg. The road-going Ducati Panigale is no different from the one found on the V4. However, the Ducati MotoGP machine goes a different route with a conventional twin-spar aluminum frame. Even the carbon-fibre case of the battery on the V21L acts as a stressed member of the frame. The rear swingarm also borrows from the Desmosedici racing prototype used in MotoGP, while being made entirely of aluminum, it weighs just 4.8 kg.

Suspension duties are handled by Swedish experts, Ohlins, like any other top-spec racing Ducati. Front fork is an Ohlins NPX 25/30 43mm diameter inverted unit. It is paired with an adjustable Ohlins steering damper to help stabilize at high speeds. The rear monoshock is a fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit.

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