It was sometime during the last quarter of 2017 when news about a MotoE championship started spreading. While the 2017 MotoGP season was still going on, this ‘spark’ grabbed a lot of attention. Later, it was revealed that Energica will be providing electric race bikes for the electric bike championship. And now it has been made official by MotoGP, that MotoE world championship is on and it will debut in 2019.
The announcement was made during a ceremony in Rome. The ‘FIM Enel MotoE World Cup’ will start from 2019. There will be a total of 18 riders riding the fast electric bikes provided by Energica. However, the names of the riders haven’t been revealed yet.
The seven private MotoGP teams will each enter two MotoE bikes, with the other four bikes run by Moto2 and Moto3 teams. Keeping in mind the battery capacity and range, the races will be held at selected MotoGP rounds and are expected to be around 10-12 laps in length.
The bike will produce 147bhp of power and will have a top speed of 250kmph. Being an electric powered bike, it has a brutal acceleration – 0 to 100kmph is dealt in just 3 seconds! The rechargeable battery charges from 0-85% under 30 minutes. Energica is developing the bike with the help of former MotoGP rider, Loris Capirossi. He too was present during the ceremony, and said, “It’s different, because I ride all my life different types of bike. I started on two-strokes, I jumped to four-stroke and now electric. But I really enjoy because I discover something different and the first time I tested the bike I said ‘wow, it’s nice to ride’. Now we are just at the beginning of the development but we are in the right way to go up.”
He further added, “The torque is amazing. You can play with the throttle. The power is always there and the sound is – not sound – but something different. The first time I rode it on the race track, when I put my knee down I just listened to the sound of the knee [sliding]. It’s different. It’s the future and believe me it’s nice to ride that bike.”