Ducati may not have a consumer electric motorcycle yet (and barely have a racing electric motorcycle, for that matter), but the company can’t stop churning out smaller two-wheeled electric vehicles. Example: Ducati has just unveiled two new folding electric bikes.
Both e-bike models were released under Ducati’s Scrambler brand, which has become a heavyweight lifestyle brand in recent years.
Ducati has used it before to fold e-bikes and seems to be sticking to its guns with the latest models unveiled recently.
The new SCR-X and SCR-E GT are both fat tire folding e-bikes that use a Bafang 60Nm rear hub motor for power.
The 48V system on both bikes is usually associated with higher power, but the EU-based company was forced to limit the speed of the e-bikes to just 25 km/h (15 mph) to comply with local regulations on e-bikes.
The SCR-E GT is more road oriented and comes with 20″ road tires matched to wire wheels.
A 500Wh battery is claimed to provide an 80km range and is removable for charging off the bike. Considering the pedal-assist nature of these e-bikes, this is probably a reasonable range.
The SCR-X, on the other hand, is the most trail-oriented e-bike of the lot.
While both bikes come with front suspension, the SCR-E GT features rear suspension, knobby tires and mag rims that should perform better in more aggressive off-road riding conditions.
A larger battery with a capacity of 614 Wh will also offer more stored energy, which is important for e-bikes used in tougher off-road conditions that often require more battery power.
The SCR-X adopts a stepper frame that will make it easier for riders to get on the bike without swinging a leg over the high saddle, while the SCR-E GT uses a stepper frame instead.
Riders should expect the two new models to be available later this month at Ducati dealerships and online, although the company has yet to reveal pricing details.
These two new models follow several of Ducati’s entries into the e-bike market.
The motorcycle company first rolled out an electric mountain bike in 2018 through a partnership with THOK Bikes, marking the company’s first electric two-wheeler.
At the time, Ducati was teasing an electric motorcycle in its future, but was still looking for excuses as to why the company wouldn’t be able to develop one for many years.
The company followed with several more e-MTB models in 2019.
In 2020 Ducati was toying with electric folding e-bikes and produced a number of interesting models with relatively new features such as in-frame lighting.
Ducati continued to release new e-MTBs in 2020, improving the performance and quality level of e-bikes.
In early 2022, the company launched its first electric road bike designed for consumers of high-end racing bikes. The bike also came with a Ducati-sized price tag, asking for a hefty €7,690 (about US$8,020).
Ducati may have made more headway on the e-bike front than it has in its e-motorcycle division, but the latter has also been in the news lately.
Earlier this month, Ducati unveiled the specifications of its V21L electric racing motorcycle prototype which will become the only model used in the FIM MotoE racing series next season.
Ducati has confirmed that it will produce at least 18 of the bikes for the 2023 season of the FIM MotoE racing series. Each of the V21L electric motorcycles will be capable of producing 110 kW (147 hp) and 140 Nm (103 lb-ft) of torque.
The bike is said to have reached a top speed of 275 km/h (171 mph) on a test circuit in Mugello, Italy.
Despite carrying a fairly large 18 kWh battery, Ducati was able to bring the weight of the V21L prototype down to just 225 kg (496 lb). It’s still a heavy bike, but it weighs a lot less than the 282 kg (621 lb) Energica Ego electric motorcycle it will replace from the 2023 season.
While Ducati may have spent years dragging its feet on two-wheeled electric vehicles, it’s hard to argue that the company isn’t catching up with a series of big unveilings. What do you think of Ducati’s progress in electric vehicles? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below!
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