Electric Ducati V21L MotoE Racer Begins Testing

January 4, 2022

This 170 mph race bike is the first-ever electric Ducati

It will accelerate from 0-60 in less than 2.8 seconds, cutting through the air until it reaches nearly 170 mph — and it does so in near perfect silence. It’s the all-electric Ducati V21L, and it will win the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup in 2023. For now, it’s still in testing … but it looks glorious.

Electric Ducati V21L MotoE Racer
Image courtesy Ducati.


To say that the electric V21L is a bit of a departure for Ducati is an understatement. The company built its reputation on V-Twin racers like the 888, 900SS, and 916 in the late 80s and 90s, before almost single-handedly creating the cut-down streetfighter style with the introduction of the naked Monster. The V4 Paginale, in its hottest trim, puts out more than 230 hp in a sleek, seductive, two-wheeled package. None of these are electric, and as recently as May of this year, it seemed impossible to consider an electric Ducati.

When Ducati’s VP of global sales and member of the board Francesco Milicia was asked about the future of the company, he said. “Will we produce an electric Ducati soon? No. We think that for the kind of machine we produce now, an electric motorcycle cannot guarantee the pleasure, the range, the weight, etc., that Ducati riders expect.”

Milicia isn’t the only Ducati executive who seemed to feel that an electric Ducati was a long way off. In a statement to Moto.it, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali said, “We have several very advanced areas of experimentation within the company; let’s say that at the moment the main complexity in making electric motorcycles with high performance and autonomy lies in the battery … and right now we are evaluating when and at what moment the amount of energy that can be stored in a battery will somehow make a product such as a full scale electric motorcycle usable.”

Apparently, that “moment” was just around the corner, and the V21L is rolling proof.

There are no official specs released yet, beyond some basic performance estimates. Range and riding time are also a guess, but as the Ducati is effectively replacing the Energica as the MotoE’s single spec racer in 2023, it’s probably safe to assume something approaching — or, more likely, exceeding — that bike’s 153-mile combined range is on offer from Ducati.

Regardless of the specs, however, it’s exciting to see another high-powered Ducati with an electric motor, and the racing world is enriched simply by the virtue of how beautiful this machine is.


Source | Images: Ducati, via Forbes.

Electric Ducati V21L MotoE Racer Begins Testing

December 31, 2021

This 170 mph race bike is the first-ever electric Ducati

It will accelerate from 0-60 in less than 2.8 seconds, cutting through the air until it reaches nearly 170 mph — and it does so in near perfect silence. It’s the all-electric Ducati V21L, and it will win the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup in 2023. For now, it’s still in testing … but it looks glorious.

Electric Ducati V21L MotoE Racer
Image courtesy Ducati.


To say that the electric V21L is a bit of a departure for Ducati is an understatement. The company built its reputation on V-Twin racers like the 888, 900SS, and 916 in the late 80s and 90s, before almost single-handedly creating the cut-down streetfighter style with the introduction of the naked Monster. The V4 Paginale, in its hottest trim, puts out more than 230 hp in a sleek, seductive, two-wheeled package. None of these are electric, and as recently as May of this year, it seemed impossible to consider an electric Ducati.

When Ducati’s VP of global sales and member of the board Francesco Milicia was asked about the future of the company, he said. “Will we produce an electric Ducati soon? No. We think that for the kind of machine we produce now, an electric motorcycle cannot guarantee the pleasure, the range, the weight, etc., that Ducati riders expect.”

Milicia isn’t the only Ducati executive who seemed to feel that an electric Ducati was a long way off. In a statement to Moto.it, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali said, “We have several very advanced areas of experimentation within the company; let’s say that at the moment the main complexity in making electric motorcycles with high performance and autonomy lies in the battery … and right now we are evaluating when and at what moment the amount of energy that can be stored in a battery will somehow make a product such as a full scale electric motorcycle usable.”

Apparently, that “moment” was just around the corner, and the V21L is rolling proof.

There are no official specs released yet, beyond some basic performance estimates. Range and riding time are also a guess, but as the Ducati is effectively replacing the Energica as the MotoE’s single spec racer in 2023, it’s probably safe to assume something approaching — or, more likely, exceeding — that bike’s 153-mile combined range is on offer from Ducati.

Regardless of the specs, however, it’s exciting to see another high-powered Ducati with an electric motor, and the racing world is enriched simply by the virtue of how beautiful this machine is.


Source | Images: Ducati, via Forbes.

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