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KTM patents Electric Drive Unit

KTM Electric

KTM’s Freeride zero-emission electric motorcycle is the embodiment of a race-ready vehicle interpretation that is typical of the company’s "Ready to Race" philosophy.

Like all KTM sport motorcycles it exhibits the most modern construction hallmarks and is equipped throughout with high-quality motorcycle components, representing the result of decades of experience and the continual success in offroad sports.

The completely new electro-drive technology developed by the KTM Development Team in cooperation with AIT sets entirely new motorcycling standards.

The KTM electric drive unit is a light-weight (under 100kg), which makes it 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.

Gerald Kiska Quote – KTM Chief Designer

"The development of a conventional high-speed sportmotorcycle to series level is already a big task. The creation of an electrically-propelled vehicle of comparable quality represents an entirely new era in all areas."

"The use of the electric motor means a completely new layout for the motorcycle – which brings with it an equal measure of pros and cons. Our team must be in a position to allow completely new approaches and solutions and at the same time to apply the existing knowledge in an optimal way."

"Because of this Freeride is a typical KTM project – extremely innovative, courageous and full of sporting ambition."

KTM Freeride

Following promising tests, the transition of the zero emission prototype from a purely research project to a series development project has long been a reality. Intensive work is being carried out on the preparation of the finished series product at KTM headquarters in Mattighofen, Austria.

The two prototypes shown at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show are already series-near and the bike will hopefully be available for sale 18 months later in Europe.

DI Harald Plöckinger Quote – KTM Power Sports – AG Board Member

"As a company that is both innovative and a market leader, KTM has set itself the task of developing new drive systems for our sports motorcycles."

"The concept of the zero emission motorcycle united well-known KTM core competencies with a new and very interesting motor technology. The first prototypes are already revealing the huge potential of this development project."


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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