As far as I know this article doesn’t have all of it’s info 100% correct but it’s the most information out there so far on the new KTM electric bike so worth a post.
Was hoping for a test ride last week on one of the R & D bikes but we got rained out. boo.
iPhone photo of the old show bike by my desk.
Originally presented in 2010 the first models of KTM FreeRide will be available in 2012.
Why have they been so long? They focused on the development and reliability of the bike in order to meet the technical specs announced in the reveal of the concept and not to disappoint the fans with a product not meeting the standards of the brand…
Its aluminum and steel lightweight frame, has been developed especially in house to offset the weight of the battery and results in a bike that is lighter and more powerful than its competitors.
The engine is provided by a specialized subcontractor based in Salzburg, it delivers a torque of 43Nm which is available for 500 rpms and a maximum continuous power of 10hp reached at 6000rpms (30hp peak power)!
According to Harald Fraueneder, director of the development of electric vehicles at KTM, the 2,5kW Lithium-Manganese battery pack allows one hour of range.
In order to challenge the competition that already produces and sales electric bicycles for several years, including Zero Motorcycles and Quantya, KTM plans to stand out by battery rental services and therefore a swappable battery system designed especially for the race that would allow a quick stop at the stands without having to wait for the battery to charge up (even short with 1h30 announced).
Special protection is also developed for the transmission and wiring to go through 1m of water.