On June 30, 2022, Ducati officially introduced its new MotoE 2023 bike, the V21L, at a very small and exclusive event in Modena. Only a handful of members of the European media were invited to Casa Maria Luigia (who is B&B chef Massimo Bottura) for the event—but now they can tell us all about it.
From what we can tell by looking at the photos, the V21L presented this morning looks very similar V21L prototype that has been tested by Ducati. The livery is of course a little different and more subtle. Some of the carbon fibers are covered, while some are left exposed to show off their noble and unique grain, as an inimitable visual texture our eyes can enjoy.
The red line graphic in matte black/dark gray manages to evoke an electric feeling in your mind—a sure sign of successful visual communication. The design of the Ducati V21L looks, first and foremost, Ducati-like — and the immediate visual cues don’t scream “electric bike” like we’re used to from other entries in the genre. However, even someone who didn’t know what a V21L was before seeing it would probably be suspicious of its nature just by looking at the graphic.
What other details emerged about Ducati MotoE? This first-generation version appears to weigh 225 kilograms—or just a hair over 496 pounds. Most of that weight comes from the 110 kg (about 242.5 pounds) battery, which is an 18 kWh unit specifically designed to fit into this bike and connect directly to the swing arm.
What about power? The peak is claimed to be 110 kW, or about 150 horsepower, along with 103 pound-feet of torque. It is capable of completing the required seven laps of the GP track Dorna wants for its MotoE races, and the top speed achieved so far is reportedly 171 mph at Mugello.
Other key components include the NPX 25/30 hlins pressure fork with 43mm reverse tube, which comes from the Superleggera V4. There’s also a fully adjustable hlins TTX36 rear shock, as well as an adjustable hlins steering damper. Specially designed Brembo brakes that optimize cooling are also an integral part of this design.
Ducati takes great pride in its cooling system, which is said to involve a dual circuit of liquid cooling to meet the cooling needs of both the battery pack and the motor and inverter. As a result, Ducati says there’s no need to wait before charging once the bike gets into the hot conditions of the track. It can be plugged directly in to charge, and reaches 80 percent of full charge in just 45 minutes.
Also, what Ducati is learning for the MotoE project is towards the development of future production bikes. Ducati R&D Director Vincenzo De Silvio made it very clear in his statement about the project:
“For Ducati, having the opportunity to be a supplier to 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 competitions represent the ideal terrain for developing innovative innovations. technology which will then be transferred to production motorcycles,” he began.
“Today, the most important challenges in this area remain related to size, weight, battery autonomy and availability of charging networks. Ducati’s experience at the FIM MotoE™ World Cup will be the foundational support for product R&D. , along with the physiological evolution of technology and chemistry. Helping the company’s internal expertise to develop is essential today to be ready when it comes time to put the first street electric Ducati into production.”