In a catastrophic series of events, a fire broke out in the garage that housed the MotoE series electric motorcycles. The first reports are that all 18 motorcycles were consumed in the blaze.
FIM Enel MotoE World Cup
MotoE is the electric equivalent of the MotoGP motorcycle race and sanctioned by the FIM.
Officially known as FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, the racing series supports 11 teams and 18 riders.
The electric sport bikes used in MotoE are specially modified versions of the Ego Energica supplied by the Italian sportbike manufacturer Energica.
The inaugural season was to begin this May alongside the FIM MotoGP. All 1
However, the disastrous fire could mean the end of the season before it even begins.
Fire consumes electric motorcycles MotoE
The catastrophic fire apparently broke out in a temporary garage space shared by all 11 teams.
It seems that all 18 motorcycles were consumed in the fire, along with the tools and tools used by the teams. The shared space housed everything that was used by the teams, from racing equipment, laptops, equipment and driving kits – all apparently destroyed in the fire
There is now no indication whatsoever about what has caused the fire.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire
However, c & # 39; is a serious doubt that the season will be able to continue after this massive arrest wit.
The Energica Ego electric superbikes have been specially modified by Energica for the series. It is not clear if the company will be able to produce 18 more bikes in time for the opening race just a month and a half away.
Electrek & # 39; s Take
This is an important arrest wit, but at least no one was injured or killed.
Many people (myself included) were incredibly excited to see the MotoE introduce electric motorcycles alongside MotoGP. It was an opportunity to show the world how well electric bikes can compete. With their high-end torque and acceleration, the races would certainly have been hilarious.
Energica does not have an incredibly high volume production – in fact no electric motorcycle manufacturer does it. We are still at the dawn of the production of electric motorcycles, even though companies like Zero have been at play for over a decade.
I seriously hope that Energica will be able to provide a new field of motion for these teams, and that the tools and instruments they have lost will be replaceable. Even with all their computers destroyed, we hope everyone backs up regularly
Finally, we have to face the elephant in the room. While no one is yet sure where the fire started, it is likely that the suspects are pointing towards the bike's battery packs. While this may be the case, it is also possible that other electronic devices such as high-powered chargers have been guilty, or even old-fashioned negligence, like throwing a cigarette butt in the wrong place. Without the conventional gas filling stations to worry about, maybe someone got lazy.
And it is not outside the realm of possibilities that it was an arson attack. There is no shortage of e-haters, but we hope that is not the case here.
I think that with the rare level of electric vehicle battery fires, we will have to wait and abstain from condemning the bicycle so soon. We will come back with updates as soon as we have more information.
Update: recent post of MotoGP officials:
" Around 00:15 March 14 during the second preseason MotoE ™ test at the Circuit of Jerez – Angel Nieto, the E-Paddock for the FIM World Cup Enel MotoE ™ caught fire, causing major damage and losses The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Fortunately, there were no injuries, in the next few hours an update on the exact causes of the # will follow. 39; fire and any subsequent changes to the calendar. "