Friday, 10 May 2013

KTM E-SPEED



  KTM has confirmed that the E-SPEED which it first showcased at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013 will debut in production form as a 2015 model. To recap, the E-SPEED is KTM’s second electric bike but it’s first for the urban populace. The Freeride E, the other concept for off-roaders will debut as a 2014 model. The KTM E-SPEED weighs in at 140kgs and makes 15PS and 36Nm from its Li-Ion battery pack. KTM says that on a two hour charge, the E-SPEED will cover a distance of 64km. ABS is standard and the E-SPEED also comes with regenerative braking. The KTM E-SPEED's chassis is built of a hybrid trellis frame which is made of light metal. And needless to say, this KTM scooter also is a looker with its signature orange wheel theme and all.

KTM executive board member for business development and production Harald Plockinger says that the company is looking forward to electro-mobility on two wheels and that KTM is convinced that electric mobility will be a success in urban areas.

KTM is going the green way with this, it’s electric E-SPEED concept. Unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show, this 15PS/36Nm 140kg liquid cooled scooter is targeted at the urban market. KTM says that the Li-ion battery pack takes around two hours for a charge and will run for 64km before running out of juice. Regenerative braking and ABS are standard. The scooter uses a hybrid trellis frame made of light metal and by the look of it is a far cry from the bug-eyed specimens that masquerade themselves as of the electric brigade. Not to mention the signature orange colour makes it stand out.
Stefan Pierer, KTM CEO said, “We at KTM are completely convinced of electric mobility as a perfect complement to conventional power-trains. In the long term, the electric drive will come out on top for short distances – particularly in areas which are highly sensitive from an environmental perspective, like open nature and densely populated metropolitan areas! Vehicles like the ‘E-SPEED’ and FREERIDE E can help powered two-wheelers win back more acceptance in society. Not just because of their environmental credits, but because they are easy to use, quick, and simply great fun.”

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