Enel backs Dorna’s electric vision for MotoE World Cup

The Dorna agency has today (Tuesday) revealed further details behind the MotoE World Cup, the world’s first fully electric motorcycle racing series recognised by the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), with Italian gas and electricity company Enel coming on board as title sponsor.

The World Cup is set to debut as a support series for MotoGP in 2019 and was presented today at an event in Rome. Enel will also serve as the sustainable power partner of MotoGP, as Dorna seeks to encourage the sport’s long-term commitment to sustainability.

The new MotoE World Cup will feature the world’s first fast charge electric motorcycles manufactured by Italian company Energica, seeking to combine performance and zero emissions. The Autosport website said the inaugural grid will comprise 18 bikes across 11 teams from the MotoGP paddock.

All seven privateer MotoGP teams – Tech3, LCR, Marc VDS, Pramac, Avintia, Angel Nieto and Gresini – will compete with two bikes each, while four teams drawn from the Moto2 and Moto3 classes will run one entry apiece. While a calendar is yet to be confirmed, it is expected to comprise five eight-lap races, all held in Europe.

Enel has a strong history in electric motorsport, having served as Formula E’s official power partner since the 2015-16 season. Francesco Starace, chief executive and general manager of the Enel Group, said: “Our contribution of industrial solutions to both MotoGP, the leading motorcycle racing series, and MotoE, an exciting new frontier in the world of competitive motorsports, will allow Enel to continue to explore technology innovation in the world of sustainable transportation. 

“Our partnership with MotoE and MotoGP is therefore a natural next step for Enel, building on our position as official power partner of Formula E, which we announced in 2016. Enel’s leadership over the last decade in the renewable energy revolution, and in smart technologies for homes, businesses and cities, positions us well to use partnerships such as this one with Dorna to implement and communicate our sustainability strategy, in which we see the electrification of transportation playing a key role in the future of cities across the world.”

Enel, through its advanced energy services division Enel X, will offer its technical expertise and experience in electric mobility to the MotoE World Cup. The group will provide smart and fast charging, advanced energy services, green energy supply as well as storage, with dedicated on-site personnel and facilities. 

MotoE’s complex electrical system will be supported by Enel’s smart energy management solutions, and by renewable energy generated locally through the latest generation of portable photovoltaic systems or available from local energy distribution grids. Furthermore, as MotoGP’s sustainable power partner, Enel will cooperate with Dorna to provide MotoGP with advanced energy solutions, including those aimed at boosting energy efficiency of the competition’s events.

Enel will design and deliver smart charging devices to ensure fast charging for the Energica motorbikes, whereby a specially designed battery-equipped mobile charger, capable of fully charging a motorcycle in less than 30 minutes, will be connected to Enel’s smart e-mobility platform to optimise the charging process.

As title sponsor of the MotoE™ World Cup, Enel’s logo will be prominently featured on the motorcycle and the riders’ leathers in the new series.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of Dorna Sports, said: “Dorna, together with the FIM, are delighted to move ahead into the world of electric mobility – an option we consider a parallel path for the future.”