Published on February 11th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Ducati Embraces E-Scooters With Special Edition
Who would’ve thought we would ever see official Ducati-branded e-scooters?
Electric scooters or e-scooters are steadily gaining popularity among urban dwellers over the years mainly because they can cover longer distances faster than most can walking. Not to mention that they are fun to ride, affordable and eco-friendly – basically everything you want in a transportation.
Hence, it really comes as no surprise that even manufacturers like Ducati, which is best-known for high-performance machines, are tapping into the growing market. In 2019, the Italian motorcycle company joined forces with Vmoto, a Nanjing-based manufacturer that makes and sells battery-powered scooters and mopeds under the Super Soco brand. What you see here is the first product of the collaboration.
Known as the CUx Ducati Edition, the e-scooter sports the iconic red, white, black and grey livery inspired by Ducati Corse’s Desmosedici GP18 MotoGP bike. It’s a simple decor but striking enough to turn heads and make it stand out in the traffic.
Powering the CUx is a 2700 W Bosch electric motor that gets its juice from a removable 60 V/32 Ah lithium-ion battery placed under the seat. This setup offers an operating range of approximately 75 km on a single charge and if there’s enough power, the CUx could go as fast as 45 km/h. Charging via a conventional power outlet takes about seven hours, although a fast charging facility cuts the charging time by half.
Tipping the scales at a measly 72 kg, the CUx is built around a single cradle steel tube frame, with non-adjustable front fork and rear twin shocks. Braking is done with 180 mm discs fitted on both the front and rear wheels.
Other standard equipment include U-shaped LED lights, rear LED tail lights, remote keys with seat-open and lock/unlock functions, as well as a digital instrument panel with smartphone connectivity. There is also a battery management system which offers protection from over-charging, over-current and short-circuit.
The CUx Ducati Edition is available in the UK at £2,299 (RM12,842), which is £200 (RM1,117) more than the standard version.