KTM Readies New E-SPEED Electric Scooter (w/ video)


KTM electric scooter

Before they became the de-facto European streetbike for guys who wear flat-brimmed hats bbut can’t afford a Ducati, KTM motorcycles were the stuff of off-road legend. With the introduction of the first Duke, they practically invented the idea of a roadworthy stunt bike. Now, KTM is going back to its crazy, road-terror roots with their new-for-2014 E-speed electric scooter concept.

I know that sounds strange, but hear me out. Some of the most terrifying, death-defying riding I’ve done has been at about 25-40 mph, dicing in between cars, trucks, and busses in the densely packed urban traffic nightmare that is rush-hour Chicago. It’s a thing, and the little scooters I was riding had a few advantages over the bigger crotch-rockets other 2-wheeled commuters were bombing down Western Ave on. To wit: the quick reflexes of the CVT transmission, the relative quiet of the scooters meant that I could sneak by slow-moving/unresponsive cars without giving them enough notice to willfully (read: murderously) turn into my center lane, and – every now and then – I was able to sneak into the bike lane without too much protest or attention from the local constabulary. If I had tried any number of aggressive moves I pulled off without a hitch on a scooter on a GSX-R or my own Honda Interstate? I’d have been road pizza.

Worse! I could have gotten a ticket!

KTM gets it, and this new scooty plug-in just the thing to zip through heavy urban traffic un-noticed and un-bothered … and it’s just the first of many upcoming e-bikes from the company that pretty much defined 2-wheeled hooniganism in the 1990s. KTM CEO, Stefan Pierer explains that KTM “are completely convinced of electric mobility as a perfect complement to conventional powertrains. 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.”

Easy, quick, and fun? Sounds ideal … and, because the electric scooter has no ICE, it should be technically legal to cut through some of the local parks now. Enjoy that! You can check out a video (actually, more of a slide show) of the new KTM electric scooter’s reveal, below.


Source: Hell for Leather.

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I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.
  • Two wheeled hub drives, inductive return braking, nano carbon super capacitor power, now approaching or even exceeding Power Density of gasoline, Uber light materials through-out. “Top Speed” and acceleration, the American obsessions – not valid over driveablilty and handling, and distance per charge. Cargo carrying capacities – side saddle bags? small trailers for in-town shopping? Wind protection for cold climate markets? Modestly heated seats? Hand grips? Full splash protection fenders for rain days? Chreos electric car claims – nano carbon super capacitors?

    • anderlan

      Verb. I need a verb, or 3.

      • Jo Borras

        Seriously. This guy is a nutter.

  • gary604

    Gee let me guess. 12K with 30 mile city range. Nice. And you still have to wear one of those super cool half helmets. Who needs pheromones 🙂

    • Jo Borras

      Not to be crude, but the kind of women I regularly got to hop on the back of my non-threatening scoots and ride off with me into the sunset have MUCH better teeth/hygiene/bodies than the women who were into my Ninjas and Buell. Except, of course, that only dudes that said “Bro” a lot were into those bikes. If that’s what you’re into, I guess …

      • gary604

        Settle down there poindexter….

  • Angela

    I understand people are getting more and more interested in scooters, and maybe this is just my opinion, but I would buy a different scooter over this one just because I’m not a fan of the design.

  • anderlan

    I suppose this is an example for other blogs to avoid posting non-video videos. You know, the kind that are just pans and zooms of stills. And to add insult to injury, only in 360p!! Thank you for the public service announcement. You see that, other blogs? Don’t do this!

    • Jo Borras

      Couldn’t agree more … which is why I called it a slide show in the article.

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