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(Pocket-lint) - Ducati is set to follow Harley-Davidson into an electric future. Its CEO, Claudio Domenicali, confirmed that the motorcycle manufacturer is working on an all-electric production bike.

Speaking at the Motostudent event in Spain, he also hinted that the first electric motorbike will be the begin of a zero emission future for the company: "The future is electric," he said. "We’re not far from starting series production."

Ducati has previously suggested that it will enter the EV market. Its managing director for Western Europe, Edouard Lotthé, said that the company hoped to build an all-electric bike, plus a similar scooter, back in 2017. He also revealed that both were unlikely to hit the market until 2021.

But Domenicali's latest comment suggests we might see the electric Ducati sooner.

It won't be the first production electric bike to hit the market though. Smaller manufacturers have been selling two-wheeled EVs for some time and Harley-Davidson has finally opened pre-orders on its LiveWire electric motorcycle, a version of which we first rode in 2015.

The Ducati will no doubt be of great interest to superbike enthusiasts, perhaps more so than the Harley. Especially if it looks anything like the Ducati Zero concept (above) designed by Bart Heijt and Fernando Pastre of the Scuola Politecnia di Design in Italy. If so, it'll be truly stunning.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Originally published on 21 January 2019.