A bit of reports that has gone beneath the radar: on the Frankfurt Auto Present, Volkswagen Group Chairman Matthias Muller dropped a bombshell, saying that the German firm’s home of manufacturers would all have a completely electrified lineup of autos by 2030 – on the newest.
The initiative is known as Roadmap E, and whereas Volkswagen is focusing totally on it automotive holdings, the Germans have made apparent indicators that they’re together with their Italian bike firm, Ducati, on this push to go electrical.
The obvious indication comes from the corporate’s press assertion. In it, the Volkswagen Group says that by 2030 “there shall be at the very least one electrified model of every of the 300 or so Group fashions throughout all manufacturers and markets.”
Including credence that Ducati has an electrical future forward of it’s that proven fact that within the background graphic for the announcement, the Ducati brand sat proudly with the opposite marques within the VW Group, like Lamborghini, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, and so forth.
We reached out to Ducati for remark about this information, and bought a disappointing non-response. However there are some clues from Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali that an electrical Ducati bike is one thing that we’ll see from the Italian model.
Speaking on the unveiling of the Ducati Desmosedici Stradale engine, Domenicali made point out of electrics being the following step for Ducati, after the brand new V4 energy plant in fact.
“We can have engine earlier than later, however up to now let’s be excited – having some thrilling engines like this [V4] and luxuriate in life,” mentioned Domenicali to the assembled MotoGP press.
Prior to now, Domenicali has hedged his bets about electrics when speaking to the press, and he normal notes that the know-how is attention-grabbing, however not prepared to be used on a manufacturing bike.
With advances in battery know-how across the nook although, the feasibility of an electrical Ducati bike turns into extra actual with every passing day.
Nonetheless, simply in seeing the response to Ducati’s plans for a V4-powered superbike, one has to marvel if the Italian firm is prepared for such an enormous change in drivetrains – or extra particularly, if loyal Ducatisti are prepared for such a change.
Ducati clearly has a while earlier than VW’s Roadmap E mandate kicks in, however when you think about the trouble and planning that it’ll take to affect a complete bike lineup, you’ll be able to guess that these are busy occasions in Bologna.
Supply: VW Group