MotoGP Announces Electric Class for 2019

Editor@Throttle|Updated: December 21, 2017 12:21

Starting in 2019, electric motorcycles will have their own MotoGP spec class organized by Dorna. If that wasn't cool enough, Italian electric bike maker Energica will be the sole motorcycle supplier, providing race-prepped versions of their hot rod Ego model.


Battery life and overall weight have been the limiting factors for electrics, for both road and racing, but both issues will be getting close attention in the coming year. To start with, Dorna may build solar charging stations for the bikes at various race tracks. That said, the Ego's current 11.7 kWh battery may produce more energy than short races require.


In any case, the Moto-e class isn’t expected to pose any threat to the traditional MotoGP classes in terms of spectator appeal, and certainly not when it comes to sound. But the whisper-bikes may well produce some tight racing, and accelerate the development of sporting road models.


Article Source : RideApart