Somehow the concept of an electric bicycle looks a whole lot more attractive with the name Ducati attached.

In partnership with MT Distribution, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer has come up with some new folding bicycles that have pedal assistance.

The three bikes are targeted at those say Ducati who want to move around the city without compromising on style and comfort.

The e-bikes follow close on the heels of an electric mountain bike, not to mention the release of an electric scooter last year — the latter produced in partnership with Vmoto.

There’s three e-bikes: Urban-E, under the Ducati brand, and SCR-E and SCR-E Sport, dedicated to the Ducati Scrambler world.

As you might imagine, considerable effort has gone into the look of the bikes, with the help of Centro Stile Ducati.

Urban-E, available in black or grey, is built around a special aluminium frame with easy-folding mechanism created by the designers of the Centro Stile Ducati in collaboration with colleagues from Italdesign’s Industrial Design division.

The handlebar has a fully integrated LCD display in the stem that allows the rider to control all the assistance functions, to check the remaining battery charge and to turn the LED lights integrated in the frame on and off.

Designers and developers have worked together to create an e-bike with a clean and linear style.

The 378 Wh battery is integrated into the frame and becomes an element of style itself, recalling the motorbike fuel tanks in its typical Ducati red colour and curved shape.

The suspension fork, the fat 20 x 4 inch tyres with Kevlar anti-puncture technology mounted on double wall aluminium rims and the rear mudguard, in addition to accentuating the racing style, ensure maximum riding comfort, even on the most irregular of surfaces.

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The two folding e-bike models dedicated to the Ducati Scrambler “Land of Joy” are currently available, while the Ducati branded e-bike will be available to buy from October.

SCR-E is one of two pedal-assisted bicycle models made with the Ducati Scrambler brand.

The fat 20 x 4 inch wheels allow riders to travel with full grip even on rough or off-road surfaces.

The 374.4 Wh battery is fully integrated into the frame and, when fully charged, delivers a range of up to 70km.

The frame is made of lightweight aluminium and equipped with a deluxe handle with easy-folding technology for a simple and quick closure.

The rear lights are integrated into the seat post to maintain a clean and attractive lines.

The LCD display is of the latest generation and mounts a twilight sensor for the automatic switching on of the lights and the detection of external temperature.

SCR-E SPORT is the sportiest evolution of the SCR-E model, also branded Ducati Scrambler.

The full suspension model is equipped with a double shock absorber: front fork and rear spring shock integrated in the frame.

The single wall alloy wheels and road tyres give the model a refined and sporty appearance.

The enhanced 468 Wh battery is fully integrated into the chassis and can travel up to 80km.

A selection of e-bike modes will also be available at Ducati dealers and in the Ducati Shop Online.


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Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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