“The future is electric,” says Claudio Domenicali – Ducati CEO
Ducati is planning to build an electric bike. We don’t know when – the company’s officials are still cautious in their statements – but they admitted that Ducati’s first electric motorcycle will debut in 2020 or 2021.
“The future is electric”, declared Claudio Domenicali at a student event at the University of Bolognia. Domenicali is also saying that Ducati is not far from starting production on an electric motorcycle model.
This is not the first news concerning an electric motorcycle from Ducati. They guys at Asphalt&Rubber are quoting another Ducati official – Edouard Lotthe (Managing Director of Ducati Western Europe) – he stated, about a year and a half ago, that an electric model, as well as a scooter, are in the works.
The new electric bike will be probably based on VW Group’s electric technology – the car giant is planning to electrify all its brands in the near future. So, with some help from the VW R&D it wont’ be such a tough job for Ducati to build an e-motorcycle. However there were those rumors about KTM buying Ducati – this would probably change the plans.
The latest big name to enter the electric Society is Harley-Davidson who just announced the price and specs for their LiveWire machine. Also, Piaggio Group unveiled the electric Vespa scooter, BMW Motorrad has the C-Evolution big-scooter (using BMW i3 battery), and KTM has the Freeride E-XC.