• Aug 10, 2011
Austrian-based KTM is best known for producing tough two-wheelers built to handle all manner of off-road conditions. To four-wheeled fans, it's also known for the track-devouring X-Bow. Now, a new concept vehicle shows that KTM can view the world through green-tinted glasses. The plastic-bodied KTM E3W is a three-wheeled electric vehicle fit to ferry two passengers for up to 100 kilometers (62 miles).

Plastic helps keep the weight of the E3W down to 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds), which means the 15kW motor and lithium-ion battery should have no problem shuttling this KTM around town. For now, the E32 remains a concept, but KTM hopes to bring a production version to markets by 2013. Early estimates on the price tag hover between $7,000 and $11,000.


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      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most of these vehicles would be far superior with four wheels. Unfortunately, once you add that extra wheel, which does nothing but improve stability, it is no longer classified as a motorcycle and has to abide by the same crash test standards as a 4000lb vehicle. IMO, just as we have with aircraft, there should be different standards based on the weight of the vehicle. Have an "ultralight" class, at say 1500lbs or less with "lightened" (forgive the pun) restrictions. After all, we don't test a motorcycle, and the three wheel loophole doesn't help consumers at all.
        karman876
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Your comments are spot on, and logical. Therefore, the government will do just the opposite!
      Roman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would be the first in line to buy it. It would be great for NYC, I can take HOV lanes when getting to Manhattan as its classified as a motorcycle, plus Battery tunnel for a motorcycle costs $2 vs $6 for a car. But the amount of time this will save me, by avoiding traffic is priceless.
      MTN RANGER
      • 3 Years Ago
      Waiting for DF to comment that its too heavy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MTN RANGER
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      richardorvin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it! Would I buy it? No. But KTM is known for offering motorcycles with high-end kit for a very minimal price increase over the japanese. So its no surprise to see them think up a car thats almost a Think! for considerably less money. Because of the assumed price, this could sell like gang-buster. Whether we enthusiast like it or not, those that are lay to the auto industry and cant afford most new cars, and live in the city will buy it.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      like it. just build it!
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      These companies don't get it. Who is driving this push toward electrics? Not consumers. We don't want them.
        fly by wireless
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        Bullshit. Consumers rarely demand anything. They're programmed as to what to demand by advertising. Any fool who says "let the market decide" only ever means "Let the corporate advertising and propaganda mindfuck the public to decide". How common has it been for how long for folks demanding stuff like a proper small truck or a small diesel truck? Go to any auto forum and look at what people are demanding and look at what they're getting (in this case they get BIG trucks running gas and so-called mid-size trucks that are really full size by 80's standards).
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          Uh EVs aren't selling out lol. That's why Tesla Motors needs all these government loans.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        this thing is meant to be used in urban environments. you always find something to crisize, do you?!
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are they really THAT clueless to think something like this would sell in volume outside of a retirement community and Ed Begley Jr's driveway?
      Ronzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks really "safe"...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      TahsinZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone think this looks like a Can-Am with scissor doors?
      • 3 Years Ago
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