Technology at the service of speed: the year of MotoE
Drama, excitement, breathtaking manoeuvres and duels to the end. The Valencia race grand prix, which took place from 15-17 November, was the final stage of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup that more than managed to live up to its promise. For the denouement, in actual fact, spectators had to wait until the very final corner in Race 2 of the season’s grand finale. Doing just enough to become the champion of the inaugural edition of the electric motorcycle world championship was the original favourite, Italy’s Matteo Ferrari. Riding for the Trentino Gresini team, Ferrari came third and fifth in the two races and was followed in the overall standings by British rider Bradley Smith and the Brazilian Eric Granado.
Enel X, at the service of sustainable mobility
Enel X made its own important contribution to the show with our cutting-edge technology that supplied the bikes with the power necessary to speed around the track. As Title Sponsor and Official Smart Charging Partner, we supplied the 50 kW JuicePump charging infrastructure – the very same that can be found on Italy’s streets and used to charge road vehicles, thanks to the JuicePass app – while our photovoltaic panels powered the e-Paddock with renewable energy. Our solutions made it possible to combine the two worlds of edge-of-your-seat motor racing with electric mobility, a message summarised neatly in #XforSpeed, technology at the service of speed: not only in Valencia, but throughout the duration of the electric motorbike world championship.
This final long weekend of MotoE racing began on the Thursday with the first session of practice trials. The competition, which is organised by Dorna Sports in collaboration with the Enel Group, IRTA, MotoGP Independent Teams and Energica, requires that all riders race the same machine, the Ego Corsa developed by Energica.
The bikes supplied by the Italian company, which is a leader in the sector, carry a 20 kW battery, with a capacity of up to 120 kW and can reach speeds of 270 km/h, accelerating from 0-100 in 3 seconds.
The electric motorbikes can complete a full charge of energy in approximately one hour, thanks to the JuicePump recharging stations. Completing the service is the e-trolley, equipped with 5kWh power banks. These were also used for powering the tyre warmers in the pit lanes.
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