Trade Insider: KTM and Ducati Talk about the Occasions to Come


An enormous hash-out was simply needed to brainstorm on the longer term potential of the motorbike business within the EU – and based mostly on the outcomes, we may very well be seeing extra bikes sport hydrogen and e-fuels. 

Not less than, that’s what we’re getting from a gathering between KTM/Ducati and representatives from the Shell Oil Firm and the EU Parliament; everyone is chipping in on the potential of the longer term, and the place bikes sit in the course of it. 

“Regardless of a desire for the variety of cylinders a motorcycle ought to have, [Ducati] and [KTM] each consider carbon neutrality is an inarguable accountability that producers will carry,” states a report from AutoWeek.

Right here’s the overall consensus from every of them: 


A 2023 KTM machine. Media sourced from KTM.

Battery-electric bikes have existed for a while and are prone to turn into the preferred different to conventional internal-combustion bikes, however that doesn’t imply hydrogen fuel-cell know-how or artificial fuels needs to be forgotten.”

Whereas this can be a assertion we’ve already heard from KTM’s CEO, he has a degree – particularly in relation to KTM’s machines, of which the bulk are “rugged, go-everywhere, and do-everything model journey bikes.”

An electrical motorbike’s vary and weight could be a killjoy for the Austrians – however artificial gasoline is a way more viable choice. 

Understanding how the bike at hand shall be used is far more necessary than setting an arbitrary propulsion customary,” finishes the contribution from the Orange nook of the convention desk.


Ducati's DesertX. Media sourced from Roadracing World.
Ducati’s DesertX. Media sourced from Roadracing World.

“[Ducati] bikes are largely for efficiency endeavors, and battery weight isn’t any pal of lap instances or bike stability.”

That makes two large bike manufacturers that may’t see previous the burden of an electrical bike – and contemplating Ducati needed to develop one in preparation for taking on as provider for MotoE, they perceive the fantastic print higher than some. 

Naturally, the time period ‘excessive efficiency, excessive emotion’ got here up as an excellent mixture in an electrical bike. But, despite Group Purple’s zero-emission achievements on the monitor, they’re not biting – at the least not for some time. 

Domenicali was reported to have said that “a ‘excessive efficiency, excessive emotion’ electrical Ducati may very well be a great distance away” – so don’t count on a mind-blowing machine from their ranks anytime quickly.

A Hydrogen plant in its pilot phase. Media sourced from Recharge News.
A Hydrogen plant in its pilot section. Media sourced from Recharge Information.

There’s additionally a giant motive why this assembly is happening within the EU; two-wheeled transport has not been included in the identical CO2 discount aim because the auto business,  so there’s extra wiggle room for bikes to be what they are going to be. 

This additionally means motorbike producers and business leaders can get collectively (like this) and hash out what would profit everybody, and by which course everyone is headed for his or her model. 

A picture of fuel potentials for the future. Media sourced from Chemistry World.
An image of gasoline potentials for the longer term. Media sourced from Chemistry World.

Seated on the desk in anticipation of offering a solution for the way forward for all was Shell’s advisor for carbon administration in Germany, armed with a listing of 4 kinds of gasoline bikes might use to develop the business. 

Biofuels, pure fuel, hydrogen, and e-fuel, as we all know, are all viable choices at current; so what does Shell suppose could be the most effective reply for the motorbike business?

Harley-Davidson's LiveWire. Media sourced from Motorious.
Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire. Media sourced from Motorious.

Apparently, “going totally electrical with a closed-loop supply” is the reply, with hydrogen storage remaining a problem, and the horizon displaying off potential for internal-combustion engines to make use of superior bio-fuels or e-fuels. 

That final one, although, is iffy; with 30 kWh of electrical energy being required to make a single liter of e-fuel, she’s ranked as one of many lesser environment friendly means of making vitality. 

What do you suppose?

Ducati's electric superbike. Media sourced from Ducati.
Ducati’s electrical superbike. Media sourced from Ducati.

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*Media sourced from Yanko Design, Motorious, Chemistry World, Recharge Information, Roadracing World, Forbes and KTM*



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