The fifth MotoE World Championship kicks-off on Friday 12 at the Le Mans circuit. This edition will be revolutionary for the descent into the field of Ducati motorbikes, of which Podium Advanced Technologies is E-mobility partner.
Unlike other competitions the MotoE World Championship is a one-make racing series; all competitors will race with the V21L model developed in Borgo Panigale, the first model with a fully electric motor.
The 800V battery pack, developed and produced by Podium Advanced Technologies, has a capacity of 18 kWh and is made up of 1152 cylindrical cells of type '21700'.
The battery pack is enclosed in a protective carbon shell custom-built to match the silhouette of the motorbike and it weighs approximately 110 kg. The battery, like the motor, is water-cooled with a dual circuit to meet different thermal requirements. The motor, with a maximum speed of 18000 rpm, is designed to work at high voltages.
"The design of a high-performance battery for a motorbike is certainly more complicated than one for a car application. - comments Francesco Monti, CEO - Weight and size of the battery pack have a huge impact on a motorbike and, in addition, they must respect the geometry of the vehicle's core area. However, these kinds of challenges are part of our DNA: we grew up in motorsport and are constantly looking for new innovative solutions. Being able to work alongside the research and development team of Ducati E-mobility was a great responsibility, but also a particularly rewarding experience."
After this first weekend in Le Mans, with free practice and qualifying on Friday and the two races on Saturday, the championship will continue with another seven rounds: Mugello, Sachsenring (Germany) and TT Circuit Assen (Netherlands) in June; Silverstone Circuit (UK) and Red Bull Ring (Austria) in August. September concludes the season with the Circuit de Barcelona and Misano.