Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali said that “the future is electric” and confirmed that the company will soon begin production of its first electric motorcycle.
Although there was no previous indication that Ducati had started to create an electric prototype, the Italian brand made a number of collaborations that had led to the creation of electric scooters under the brand name of Ducati and other smaller vehicles, but there was no model of electric motor.
Last month, the VP of Ducati’s Global Sales division and board member Francesco Milicia seemed to “freeze” the idea of producing a Ducati electric motorcycle at any time in the near future.
Now new statements from Ducati’s CEO have helped confirm why the company has not made progress on electric motorcycles. As it turns out, the battery is the biggest obstacle for Ducati.
According to Domenicali, lithium-ion batteries have not gone far enough to provide sufficient stored energy and performance appears to be somewhat low, taking into account the rest of the industry.
Even without the impressive progress of solid-state batteries, Italian sports bike manufacturer Energica seems to have had no problem producing high-performance electric motorcycles using today’s lithium-ion battery technology. The company produces various models with a range of 400 km and 230 km, thanks to the 21.5 kWh high capacity battery.
In fact, Energica is the only supplier of electric racing motorcycles for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, whose electric motorcycles of 240 km/h (150 mph) fascinate the crowd with their performance.
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On the other hand, despite the fact that Ducati weighs 20% less than Energica and has about 40% more horsepower, Energica is still ahead of Ducati in acceleration time of 0-60, with just 2.6 seconds compared to Panigale at 3.5 seconds.
As regards battery production, although Domenicali seems to admit that Ducati cannot keep up with electric motorcycle startups or old motorcycle manufacturers that have adopted the production of electric models, he does not deny that electric motors could be a beneficial addition to Ducati’s production line.