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First look at Ducati’s new electric bike

Well, kind of!

TALES of an electric Ducati have been flooding the internet since the EICMA show a couple of years ago, with journos and punters alike itching to get an idea of what an electrically powered Bologna Bullet could look like. Well, now we now – it looks just like a Soco CUx scooter!

And that’s because it is! The Soco/Ducati tie-up has been no secret so it’s hardly surprising to see a standard Soco CUx with neat looking Ducati branding and a MotoGP-spec matt finish is it!

The bike is powered by a hub-mounted, 2700W, Bosch motor and boasts a 28mph top speed and range of around 30miles. Its removable and rechargeable internal battery is claimed to be topped up to in 7-8 hours from a standard three pin plug, although there is no mention yet of any fast-charging capability.

Other features include an LCD dash, linked disc brakes, an anti-theft system and key-less start function and an integrated app facility that allows the user to control the scooters functions from their smartphone – we assume that adjusts the motor settings and lets you know the level of power left in the battery.

We’d expect Ducati to make the most of any marketing opportunity with this bike, so it’s likely the Ducati MotoGP riders will be wafting around the paddock on these at the next rounds of the championship! We’d also expect to see them getting involved in some paddock-based races with their petrol-powered competitors!

The bike is expected to cost £2299 – the non-Ducati branded Soco CUx is £2099 – and claims to give riders the ability to zoom around the city for as little as 1p per mile.

Soco CUx Ducati specs

Model

CUx

Speed

28mph max

Power

2.7kW (3.6bhp)

Weight

78kg

Charge time

7-8 hours

Range

30-miles (claimed)

Price

£2299

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