At a time when two-wheeler
manufacturers around the world are still toying with the idea of going
electric, Austrian two-wheeler manufacturer KTM has unveiled the new Freeride E-XC
electric motorcycle and has also announced its future e-mobility plans.
This latest e-powered machine
is part of KTM’s long-term commitment to e-mobility, which began over 10 years
ago in KTM’s research and development department in Mattighofen, Austria. The
Austrian brand plans a range of machines for the future including e-mini, and
an e-scooter, as well as maximizing its partnership with PEXCO with a new
possibility to produce crossover products in the bicycle sector. The vision is
clear, and by 2025 KTM will increase emphasis on machines from 250 watt to
11kWh due to market suitability and efficiency.
The powerful and agile KTM Freeride
E-XC is now even better. Powered by a state-of-the-art electric motor with a
peak of 18 kW (24hp) fitted into a re-designed composite frame that provides
even better stability, this e-machine now benefits from a 50 % capacity increase
in its new KTM PowerPack, which offers up to one and a half hours of riding
time with just one battery charge.
The new KTM Freeride E-XC now
also utilises energy recuperation when coasting or braking for an additional
range boost, and the battery has a quick charging time, while also providing 70
% of its initial capacity after 700 charge cycles. In addition, this
lightweight bike boasts a new WP Xplor 43 upside-down fork system with enhanced
sensitivity, and a new WP PDS Xplor shock absorber with improved progression
and adjustment options.
Bajaj Auto and KTM had recently celebrates their 10th
anniversary of strategic partnership. Bajaj Auto holds around 49 per cent stake
in KTM Power Sports AG (holding company of KTM Sportmotorcycles AG). At
present, KTM product lines Duke 125 – 390 and RC 125 – 390 are produced in
Bajaj´s production facility in Chakan, in Maharashtra in India and are
distributed by the two partners globally.
The KTM Freeride E-XC features
three riding modes: Economy, Enduro and Cross. Its easy operation, with no
clutch or gear shift lever, and a confidence inspiring low seat height of just
over 900 mm, combined with its extreme cross-country agility, ensures that this
is the ultimate electrically powered machine for beginners to experienced level
riders. Stylish new bodywork with racy graphics, trim and colours, a new
dashboard and re-positioned ignition lock provide further benefits over the
(Source: KTM press room)
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