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Ducati V21L electrical bike particulars revealed | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Ducati’s first electrical bike will get a large 18kWh battery; can be raced within the FIM MotoE World Cup subsequent yr.

Particulars have emerged about Ducati’s very first electrical bike, the V21L, which can be raced within the FIM MotoE World Cup from subsequent yr. The MotoE grid has been equipped by Italian electrical bike maker, Energica, ever since its inception in 2019 and now Ducati is about to take its place from 2023. Ducati’s first stab at an electrical bike, mission ‘V21L,’ is about to spearhead the creation of a road-going electrical bike from the Borgo Panigale-based producer. 

Ducati V21L electrical bike: powertrain

The battery pack is, arguably, probably the most integral a part of an electrical bike’s powertrain and this Ducati sports activities a large 18kWh unit. By itself, the battery weighs 110kg (in a motorbike that weighs 225kg as a complete) and the bike’s tail has an built-in 20kW charging socket. 

The motor powering this bike weighs 21kg and is sweet for a claimed 150hp and 140Nm of torque. With a most rotation velocity of 18,000rpm, this motor revs greater than even the rev-happy 600cc sportbikes from Japan. 

Ducati says that the cooling system sports activities a “double circuit design designed to satisfy the thermal wants of the battery pack and inverter unit”. In truth, Ducati even claims it is not essential to attend for the battery pack to chill down to begin the charging course of. The battery could be charged as quickly because the bike enters the pits, taking about 45 minutes to succeed in 80 p.c of its claimed vary. 

Ducati has claimed that their MotoE prototype has achieved a prime velocity of 275kph on the Mugello Circuit. 

Whereas Ducati hasn’t talked about any vary figures, it’s obvious from its meant utilization that it’s going to want to have the ability to full a MotoE race on a single cost. MotoE races are usually about 35km lengthy. A 110kg battery pack to cowl this kind of distance offers you an thought of simply how a lot catching up electrical mobility and battery tech must do, when in comparison with petrol energy.

Ducati V21L electrical bike: chassis and {hardware}

That is one space the place the V21L prototype has fairly a bit in frequent with different Ducati machines. The aluminium entrance monocoque body, weighing simply 3.7kg, will not be not like one discovered on a road-going Ducati Panigale V4. The Ducati MotoGP machine, although, goes down a special path, with a conventional twin-spar aluminium body. 

Even the carbon-fibre casing of the battery on the V21L acts as a burdened member of the body. The rear swingarm has additionally been created with learnings from the Desmosedici racing prototype utilized in MotoGP, whereas being made totally of aluminium leading to a weight of simply 4.8kg. 

Suspension duties, like on some other top-spec racing Ducati, are dealt with by Swedish consultants, Ohlins. The entrance fork is an Ohlins NPX 25/30 43mm diameter inverted unit (precisely the identical specification because the Superleggera V4), paired to an adjustable Ohlins steering damper to assist stability at excessive speeds. The rear monoshock is a totally adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit.  

The braking {hardware} is top-notch as nicely, supplied totally by Brembo. The entrance options two large metal discs with a diameter of 338.5mm (identical dimension as on the WSBK grid and bigger than you get on any street bike). These discs even have fins on the inside diameter to assist cooling below excessive utilization on monitor. Biting down on these positively gargantuan discs are Brembo GP4RR M4 calipers paired to a radial grasp cylinder. On the rear, a 220mm disc is clamped down upon by a single-piston Brembo P34 caliper.

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