KTM Freeride news

By Kevin Ash - 30/10/2010

KTM will be the first major manufacturer to offer an electric motorcycle when its Freeride goes on sale towards the end of 2011.

The lightweight machine, available in trail and supermoto versions, is powered by a motor capable of a peak 30bhp (22kW) and 33lb.ft (4.5kgm, 44Nm) torque - overall weight is 198lb (90kg). A single lithium battery supplies the energy, enough says KTM for 45 minutes of running, after which it unplugs easily so it can be replaced by a fully charged one. Recharging takes 1.5 hours. KTM says the performance is comparable with a 125cc two-stroke.

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As well as showcasing KTM‘s technological capabilities, the Freeride is aimed at riders in urban and environmentally sensitive areas, where its silent running and zero tailpipe emissions will cause less friction with non-riding locals.

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Cost is likely to be an issue though, with KTM quoting a price of around €10,000 ( £9,000, US$13,500). It is not yet clear how the battery supply will fit in with this, although KTM is looking at the possibility of leasing batteries.

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