The world’s most popular motorcycle racing series is adding an all-electric class. Carmelo Ezpeleta, the CEO of the company that oversees the MotoGP racing series, told Motorsport.com that an electric support series featuring up to 18 bikes could start competing as early as 2019. How many electric motorcycles races?
Four manufacturers have already committed to the series, according to Ezpeleta. Dorna Sports will add five races to the 2019 season. The electric motorcycles will have a top speed of around 124 miles per hour, and the races will be at least a minimum 10 laps.
The bikes’ batteries will charge using wind turbines or solar panels instead of generators. Other electric racing competitions use generators.
Not The First Time in Competition
The first instance of electric motorcycle racing was in 2010 with the zero-emissions class at the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race. Now the race is dominated by electric bikes, and they’re growing in popularity quickly to their gas-powered counterparts.
Other motorsports aren’t being left behind though. Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, started the all-electric racing series Formula E in 2014, which is currently in the middle of its third season. Red Bull Global Rallycross recently announced it will add an all-electric class in 2018 as well.
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