Having first debuted way back in the spring of 2010, the KTM Freeride E has had a long journey from concept to production. It”s finally arrived, making it the first and oldest motorcycle maker to produce and sell a fully electric motorcycle, and important milestone indeed.
While a new breed of electric motorcycle makers popped up during the initial rush towards electric vehicles in the 2009 and 2010, KTM as a company dates back to 1992, with roots in the 1930s. It’s in a way like the Harley-Davidson of Austria, though best known for its off-road bikes than cruisers. KTM embarked early on in the electric motorcycle field, even hiring Danny MacAskil to serve as brand ambassador, getting out the good word about “Gettin High On Voltage,” KTM’s official tagline for the Freeride E.
So what are the specs on this Austrian bad boy? The 16 kW electric motor winds out 21 hosrepower and 31 lb-ft of torque, while an easy-to-swap 2.6 kWh battery pack offers about one hour of riding time. You can recharge the battery to 80% in about 50 minutes, though a full charge takes an additional half hour. Ronnie Renner proved last year that the Freeride E can handle most any terrain you toss at it too without whisper of complaint, one of the call signs of electric motors.
Now that we’re getting down to brass tacks, what’s the KTM Freeride E gonna cost you? Well the €10,995, or about $14,130 for the E-SX model, which is intended for closed-circuit riding, and about $14,515 for the E-XC, which has all the features needed for riding on public roads. At 233-lbs, the E-XC also weighs nearly 30-lbs more than the Freeride 250 with a 250cc two-stroke engine.
Worth it? That’s up for buyers to decide, though KTM has has funded a video starring their brand ambassador to build up hype for the Freeride E, which I’ve posted the teaser for above. Any takers ready to ride an electric KTM?
via Autoblog Green