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2010-03-29 08:13
Despite KTM’s best intentions to keep the company’s new Freeride electric model range under wraps till the 2010 Tokyo Motorshow leaked information and photos have caused the company to lift the covers now.

KTM first showed the prototype of a “zero emission” motorcycle in October 2008. Dubbed the “Freeride”, the company will be officially launching the two near-series prototypes (an endure and supermoto) at the 2010 Tokyo Motorcycle Show.

With the Freeride range KTM has developed electrically driven sports motorcycles that hope to prove that “riding fun and environmental sustainability need not be in conflict with one another”. The cornerstone of this development is the commitment to offroad motorcycle sports.

With this development it is possible to bring off-road sport close to densely populated areas, where restrictions on noise would previously have prevented motorbikes. KTM is hoping the ability to use the Freeride machines closer to home will generate interest in the activities of new target groups.

“With the electric drive system of the zero emission motorcycle, KTM has succeeded in taking a decisive step forward in the future of the motorcycle industry and two-wheel motorsports,” says KTM CEO Stefan Pierer. “Above all, emission-free mobility with a motorcycle brings new impulses in the short-term and opens up completely fresh perspectives.

“KTM remains answerable on two counts. On the one hand we are ‘Ready to Race’ and we want to do that with the latest technology, and on the other, as the worldwide number one in off-road sport, we must take care that the sport remains intact, and indeed, further develops.”

Although pricing for the new Freeride hasn’t yet been confirmed KTM Sales Director, Hubert Trunkenpolz, feels confident that it will be below the R100 000 bar, which still makes this a pretty expensive consideration.

The completely new electro-drive technology developed by the KTM Development Team has ensured a light-weight (under 100kg) which is comparable to a 125cc two-stroke machine with a normal combustion engine.

In the past, electric engine and battery durability, water-resistance and handling have been concerns of consumers that are now resolved through KTM’s worldwide registered patent for the battery drive unit.

Technical specification

Motor effective horsepower: 7.4kW @ 6000r/min
Motor peak performance: 22kW @ 6000r/min
Motor torque: 43Nm @ 500r/min
Maximum motor speed: 6600r/min
Maximum battery voltage: 300V
Maximum energy content: 2.5kW/h
Speed: 70km/h
Charging time: 1.5h
Total vehicle weight including removable traction battery: 90kg

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