Ducati V21L MotoE is the first electric prototype motorbike by Ducati and is completely different from today's zero emission rival bikes. The Ducati V21L was developed in partnership with Ducati and Ducati Corse engineers. Based on the released footage unveiling the technical details of the Ducati Prototype. It was evident that this electric bike will come equipped with state-of-the-art technical solutions for the motor, inverter, and battery pack. The MotoE project is strategically relevant for the Bologna-based automaker since it makes it possible to develop a futuristic product while maintaining the signature model design by Ducati. The V21L bike underwent several tech experiments in the world of racing to help ensure that everything included in this bike functions as expected. The Ducati V2IL is expected to make its first debut in 2023 when it competes in the FIM MotoE World Cup. Read on to learn more about the Ducati V21L MotoE Prototype.
The mix of expertise, passion, and extraordinary skills by the Ducati and Ducati Corse engineers has led to the creation of the first electric bike with exceptional technical solutions by the Bologna-based automaker. The creation of the Ducati V21L ushered in a new era for bike production and design, thus requiring a close partnership between the members of both teams. According to Ducati, the Ducati MotoE team had to come up with new ways of designing and thinking to help complete the technologically challenging project. The division of tasks and the continuous flow of communication between the two teams were also very fundamental when developing the Ducati V21L MotoE bike. For instance, the Ducati R&D was in charge of all the Project Management roles as well as the simulations and design on the MotoE project. On the other hand, Ducati Corse engineers focused on the electronic parts design, software controls, and aerodynamics of the Ducati V21L. They also took care of the testing, bike assembly, and data acquisition. The Ducati MotoE team began with the battery pack, the most characterizing and requisite element for the Ducati V21L bike in terms of dimensions and masses. The battery pack on the MotoE prototype has a shape strategically designed to align with the natural course of the bike's middle area. The battery pack weighs about 110 kg and offers a maximum power output of 18 kWh with a 20 kW charging socket installed into the tail. The Ducati VZ1L MotoE bike has a total weight of 225 kg, about 12 kg less than the minimum weight requirements imposed by FIM and Dorna for the bikes competing in the MotoE World Cup. The Ducati V21L delivers a maximum power of 110 kW (150 horsepower) and a peak torque of 140 Nm, which allows this electric bike to reach maximum speeds of 275 km/hr.
Engine, Power, and Transmission
The Bologna-based motorbike manufacturer has revealed a prototype of its MotoE electric motorbike, the Ducati V21L. The Ducati MotoE prototype is powered by an unrivaled engine that delivers an impressive 150 horsepower and about 140 Nm of maximum torque. The MotoE's engine weighs 21 kg and has a maximum rotation speed of 18,000 rotations per minute. Moreover, the Ducati V21L bike comes equipped with an 18 kWh battery pack and 1,152 cylindrical cells that provide enough range for the electric bike to complete the seven required laps during the FIM MotoE World Cup next year. The V21L's tail is fitted with a 20 kW charging socket that can charge the MotoE motor from 0 to 80 percent within 45 minutes. Ducati has claimed that the V21L MotoE prototype comes with a technology advanced cooling system installed with a double circuit to help regulate the temperature of the battery and motor. According to Autoblog, the Ducati V21L will be the first electric bike from the automaker and will compete in the 2023 FIM MotoE World Cup. The V21L can reach top speeds of 275 km/hr., making it faster than the current MotoE bike. Furthermore, the entire powertrain of the Ducati V21L MotoE prototype is based on an 800 voltage and a fully charged battery pack to increase the power output, range, and performance of the electric bike.
Chassis, Braking, and Suspension
The Ducati V21L MotoE prototype comes with a 3.7kg aluminum monocoque frame at the front and a 4.8kg aluminum swingarm at the rear. The suspension system entails a 43-diameter Ohlins NPX 25/30 pressurized fork with upside-down tubes at the front, obtained from the Superleggera V4. The rear has an Ohlins TTX36 shock absorber that is fully adjustable. The steering damper is also an easily adjustable Ohlins unit. The braking capabilities in the V21L Moto E are handled by Brembo discs and are designed for the specific requirements of the Ducati e-bike. At the front wheel is a 338.5mm double steel disc for increased thickness and paired with dual M4 32/36 calipers and a PR 19/18 radial master cylinder. The front double steel disc also has fins on the internal diameter that help increase the thermal exchange surface area and improve the cooling of the disc after excessive use. At the rear wheel is a 220 mm single disc unit paired with a 5mm thick P34 caliper. According to Motorcycle, the teams competing in the FIM MotoE World Cup can choose to equip their racing bikes with an optional rear brake control fixed on the left handlebar, which they can use as an alternative to the right-side pedal.
The Ducati V21L MotoE prototype is presented in a sharp, sleek profile that resembles the Panigale V4. This electric bike is also designed with a carbon fibre bodywork that elegantly discloses most components, like the 110kg battery pack. The Ducati's carbon-fiber bodywork is adorned with vibrant red-colored inserts that make the V21L easily recognizable. With the anticipated release of the Ducati V21L MotoE, the iconic automaker will become the sole manufacturer of FIM MotoE bikes starting next year. The Bologna-based motorbike manufacturer is also among the many renowned automakers manufacturing sporty electric motorcycles. The Ducati MotoE projects have already reached an advanced development stage and rapidly proceeding toward the 2023 FIM MotoE World Cup.
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