But the Efesto hybrid kit is the first we have head of that will attach to an existing fuel-powered bike.
It consists of a 100hp electric motor, battery pack and chain drive, plus electronic controls that allow the rider to select the Ducati engine, the electric motor or a combination of the two, yielding 299hp and 300Nm of torque.
Luca unveiled the Efesto protoype at the recent EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.
On the prototype, the electric motor sits underneath the bike, but Luca says it does not compromise clearance or lean angles.
The inverter is hidden behind the radiator and the high-voltage battery pack is installed below the tail subframe. It looks a bit ugly, but it’s not as bad as some electric bikes we’ve seen.
The electric motor is connected via chain to the secondary shaft.
Riders can select the power mode via a control on the left switchblock.
Mode 1 is purely Ducati’s 205hp L-twin engine. Meanwhile, the battery is being recharged by taking some of the engine’s power and through regenerative braking.
The battery can only be recharged via these methods using Efesto’s special software. You cannot plug in the battery to the mains to recharge.
To select mode 2 for pure electric drive, the rider has to select neutral and switch off the Ducati engine.
In this mode, it is twist-and-go like a scooter with no gears.
Luca claims it will ride for 30 to 40 minutes in urban traffic below 70km/h.