Ducati abandons e-bike development

Ducati abandons e-bike development

April 12, 2021 0 By autotimesnews

Despite the fact that electric motorcycles are gaining more and more share of the two-wheeled vehicle market, Ducati has given up on the idea of ​​creating an electric bike.

The new announcement is in stark contrast to comments made by Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali in 2019. Less than two years ago, Domenicali hinted that Ducati had already started work on an electric motorcycle and that the world might soon see the fruits of these labors.

“The future belongs to electricity, we are not far from the start of serial production,” said the top manager.

These comments caused industry shock as fans tried to imagine what a Ducati electric motorcycle might look like. But now Ducati seems to distance itself from any form of electrification for the immediate future.

The company’s vice president of global sales and board member Francesca Milicia recently explained that electric motorcycles are not on the company’s plans.

“Will we be producing an electric Ducati soon? Not. For the cars we make now, we think an electric motorcycle cannot guarantee the enjoyment, range, weight and much more that Ducati drivers expect. We are also looking closely at other zero-to-zero-emission solutions such as synthetic fuels. Other brands in our group, such as Porsche, are looking at it, and we are looking at it in the medium term, ”Milicia as saying.

As battery technology advances, electric motorcycles like those owned by Italian motorcycle manufacturer Energica now offer a range of up to 400 km. A recent study also found that more than half of all young motorcyclists are positive about the switch to electric motorcycles, although the higher prices are still intimidated by many.

However, a new wave of low-cost electric motorcycles could change that. Bikes like the SONDORS Metacycle hit the market for as little as $ 5,000, potentially removing one of the last barriers to wider adoption of electric motorcycles.