The brand-new motorcycle for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup was unveiled Tuesday in Rome, as the first fully electric motorcycle series recognized by the federation prepares for launch in 2019.
Presented by Dorna Sports, the racing event’s commercial rights holder, and sponsored by Enel, the inaugural season will feature five 10-lap races at European MotoGP circuits. Italian company Energica is manufacturing the 18 Fast Charge electric motorcycles that will compete. Each of the seven MotoGP independent teams will receive two bikes and four bikes will be provided for Moto2 and Moto3 teams who choose to enter. Michelin will be the sole tire supplier.
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Practice sessions will take place on Fridays, qualifying on Saturdays and races on Sundays.
“The FIM started with a Sustainability program 25 years ago,” said FIM President Vito Ippolito. “We consider this as one key pillar for the future of motorcycling and for the evolution in the field of alternative energies. We are absolutely confident that the partnership between Dorna, Energica and Enel will ensure that within the sports sector, we are contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those related with Affordable Clean Energy.”
Enel’s advanced energy services division, Enel X, will offer technical expertise and experience in electric mobility to the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup. Enel will design and deliver smart charging devices for the Energica motorbikes, whereby a specially designed battery-equipped mobile charger, capable of fully charging a motorcycle in less than 30 minutes, will be connected to the Enel’s smart e-mobility platform to optimize the charging process. The platform integrates the cutting-edge technologies of Enel’s Electro Mobility Management platform, which allows remote monitoring of charging stations, and the JuiceNet platform, developed by Enel’s U.S. subsidiary eMotorWerks, which allows for the aggregation of distributed storage facilities.
The first official test for riders and teams is scheduled to take place at Jerez in February 2019 before the season begins.