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BOUNCING ON A BATTERY: The 'E' in Freeride E might stand for 'electric' but it could also stand for extreme.

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No longer the stuff of sci-fi magazines, electric motorcycles are set to go mainstream thanks in part to KTM’s long-awaited new Freeride E.

The zero-emissions Freeride E is an electric bike capable of nearly an hour’s worth of running at peak performance. Once the battery is drained it requires a 90-minute charge.


At the heart of the Freeride E is a 300V battery and power electronics developed by KTM and a motor which delivers peak power of up to 22kW.

The motor has been developed with high performance in mind and with 42Nm of torque at its disposal needn’t feel inferior against petrol models.

KTM says: “A true revolution – the only fitting description of the Freeride E. As the first of the major motorcycle companies, KTM has taken on the challenge of developing a purely electrically driven off-road sport motorcycle for mass production.”

Acording to the company, the Freeride E is about pure riding enjoyment and the company wants to attract more riders to use electric bikes in off-road motorcycling. The Freeride E is emissions-free and almost silent.

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KTM CEO Stefan Pierer said: “With the Freeride E, KTM succeeds in taking a decisive step into the future of the motorcycle. In the short run, zero-emissiions motorcycling will mainly boost off-road sport and open up completely fresh perspectives, which is why things are up to us in two major way.

“On the one hand we are ‘ready to race’ – and we want to stay that way with the latest technology. On the other, being the global No.1 in off-road motorcycling, we have a special responsibility for the preservation and development of off-roading areas."

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