The Chinese company behind the Italian brand has just revealed its first prototype electric motorcycle at the 2021 Beijing Motor Show– and we’ve got our hands on the design drawings.

Benelli's first electric motorcycle

Built by QJ Motors, the QJ7000D will be sold under the Benelli brand in most markets, which means we can expect a slightly catchier name for the bike too.

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That’s not all that important at the minute though, so instead let’s focus on what we know about about the learner-legal machine.

Benelli's first electric motorcycle

With a 10kW motor and a top speed of 100kph (60mph), the new Benelli should be more than capable of giving the current batch of sporty 125cc bikes a run for their money.

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It’ll get USD forks up front and a monoshock at the rear, plus some alloy wheels with disc brakes at each end. There’re also LED lights all round, a TFT dash, and a bit of storage where the fuel tank would usually sit.

At this stage, that’s all we know. There’s been no
official release date from the factory, but the recent reveal at the Bejing Motor Show is a good indication that it’s on the way in the not-too-distant future (in China at least). Expect it to take a little bit longer to make it over to Europe though.

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Mark Lancaster

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