KTM E-Speed
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  • KTM E-Speed
  • KTM E-Speed

  • KTM E-Speed
  • KTM E-Speed

  • KTM E-Speed
  • KTM E-Speed

  • KTM E-Speed
  • KTM E-Speed

  • KTM E-Speed
  • KTM E-Speed

  • KTM E-Speed
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  • KTM E-Speed
  • KTM E-Speed

Quick. If we say, "electric scooter," what springs to mind? A retro-styled off-brand offering from China? A plush maxi-sized conveyance for mature riders? Anything except, we imagine, the E-Speed concept from KTM that was just revealed at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show.

This sexy little beastie could very well be the butterfly knife of electric scooters: fun to play with, but deadly serious about slicing and dicing city traffic (*Disclaimer: Don't play with knives. You can put an eye out.) Built lean, with its aluminum battery enclosure doubling as the main chassis component, it doesn't just look sporty, it embodies it.

The E-Speed concept is quiet enough to not interfere with the sweet nothings it whispers to your inner hoon.

Packing an 11-kW (14.75 horsepower) liquid-cooled motor, the E-Speed offers 26.5 pound-feet of twist to help it reach its 85 kilometer-per-hour (53 mile-per-hour) top speed quickly, and in a fashion quiet enough to not interfere with the sweet nothings it whispers to your inner hoon. Quality flex bits from WP Suspension attached to the swingarm and front fork – both single-sided – should keep things well planted and allow for sharp handling. Luckily, it also features ABS brakes to reel you in if you get too close to the edge.

Range-wise, the 4.36-kWh lithium battery, running at over 300 volts, can carry passengers 60 km (37.28 miles) and charge to full in two hours. The 576 individual 18650-type cells are said to be good for 1,000 full cycles.

The question remains, though: will KTM build it? The official press release makes all kinds of happy noises about electric motivation, quoting CEO Stefan Pierer as saying, "We at KTM are completely convinced of electric mobility as a perfect complement to conventional powertrains." However, this is the same man that earlier this month told Italian website Motociclismo that lithium batteries were too expensive and dangerous to use.

Hopefully Mr. Pierer, after a long talk with some battery engineers and a spin around the block will come to his senses and figure out how to commercialize this concept. In the meantime, you can check it out from all angles in the gallery. Scroll on down for the official press release and full specifications.
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KTM launches "Zero Emission Scooter" concept at Tokyo Motorcycle Show

KTM "E-SPEED", the scooter of the future–with no emissions, but with a unique character
all of its own, with cutting-edge technology and with all you need for plenty of riding fun

Mattighofen/Tokyo, March 22nd 2013. With the "Freeride-E", the KTM Sportmotorcycle AG put a well-engineered "Zero Emission Sportmotorcycle" concept on wheels that has opened up a completely new outlook on motorcycle sports in open nature. Now, the company based in Mattighofen, Austria launches a new concept for the urban environment which is in its way just as extraordinary: the "E-SPEED" will be ondisplay for the first time at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show from March 22 to 24, 2013.

Launched at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show 2010 in two versions as an offroad motorcycle and a Supermoto style concept bike, the electrically driven "Freeride-E" had still been very much a rolling prototype that had met with enthusiasm but also with scepticism three years ago. In 2011, the concept was awarded the "State Prize Mobility" by the Austrian minister of transport, and KTM announced a series production run of the off-road version. In 2012, the first "Freeride-
E" series started to roll off the production lines in Mattighofen, and KTM opened an off-road park close to the facility where the curious have a chance to test-ride the electric motorcycle. In the course of the market launch, this test concept will be gradually extended till sales start.

"We at KTM are completely convinced of electric mobility as a perfect complement to conventional powertrains," says KTM CEO Stefan Pierer. "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." With the "Freeride-E", KTM already has a motorcycle that can be used freely in the outdoors as it produces no exhaust emissions and is nearly silent.

With the "E-SPEED", the sports bike manufacturer now introduces a concept vehicle based on the same battery and powertrain concept to offer a comparable solution for urban areas. The "E-SPEED" is powered by a liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet synchronous motor with 36Nm of
maximum torque and a permanent power of 11kW to drive the rear wheel via a belt drive.

Electricity is stored in a package of cutting-edge lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 4.36kWh that is fully charged within two hours on a regular 220V socket. With the powerful acceleration typical of electric motors, and with its low weight of only 140kg, the "E-SPEED" can be flicked through urban traffic with great agility, besides running nearly silently and completely free of emissions. "Vehicles like the 'E-SPEED' and 'Freeride-E' will help powered two-wheelers win back more acceptance in society," Stefan Pierer is convinced. "Notjust because of their environmental credits, but because they are easy to use, quick, and simply great fun."

The KTM "E-SPEED" does indeed have sporting ambitions, as witnessed by the concept's chassis and styling – thanks to completely unique technical solutions and the inimitable lines drawn by KTM's very own designer, Gerald Kiska. True to his motto that each and every component of a KTM must have both an aesthetic and a structural function, the chassis and bodywork of the "E-SPEED" have turned out uncluttered and iconic with a true premium look.

Suspension and equipment have as little in common with typical scooters as the electric motor, completely encapsulated inside an aluminium casing with integrated cooling fins. The "E-SPEED" uses the aluminium battery casing as a central, load-bearing chassis component which alsocarries the swing-arm, the motor and a lightweight sub-frame for the front suspension. The rear swing arm acts on the WP shock via a linkage, while the front wheel is suspended from a single-sided front fork also made by premium supplier WP Suspension. Aerodynamic polymer slats protect the rider's feet and legs from the weather while guiding cool air toward the batteries. Daytime running lights and the high beam use cutting-edge LED technology, while the seat rests on a lightweight but strong polymer support without any kind of metal reinforcement. Regenerative brakes with 220mm discs, ABS, and 14-inch alloy wheels round off the ground breaking KTM concept.

The design concept "E-SPEED" not only elevates the classic scooter concept to a new evolutionary level. Its main purpose is to fulfil the requirements of sporty, urban mobility in a con
temporary manner. After the "Freeride-E", KTM thus once again proves that electric mobility can be combined with lightweight design, playful agility, and great riding dynamics in a single motorised two-wheeler. To KTM, an electric powertrain and riding enjoyment, environmental credentials and "Ready to Race" are no contradictions, but in their combination become an outstanding starting point for new, viable two-wheeled concepts of the future.




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  • 17 Comments
      Fons Jena
      • 2 Years Ago
      At last a solid - but still compact - scooter! Bigger rims/wheels, proper trellis-style frame, ABS, belt drive, ... it has many things I wish to have on my next bike/scooter. Although I would take an electric version I wouldn't mind if they put one of their 450cc engines in it! That would be sick... Good work KTM, continue to amaze me/us!
      LEONARD
      • 2 Years Ago
      vapor ware
      ninjustin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shut up and take my money. I want an electric something to get me to work and back. Range is good and speed is enough to not get me killed in traffic.
        Warren
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ninjustin
        throwback, None of the states I am aware of would classify a 50 mph bike as a scooter.
        Warren
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ninjustin
        The 2013 Zero XU is already here. It is lighter, faster, and has more range. Shut up, and give them your money. :-) http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-xu/
          throwback
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Warren
          You need a motorcycle license to ride one (at least in the USA) while most states (maybe all) don't require a bike license for a Scooter.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmm, wheel motor seems like an obvious choice for an e scooter. 300V in a scooter?? that also seems a tad questionable. The 600 cells cost at least 2$ a pop so that puts a lot of pressure on the price. Since electric drive is so elegant, you really should engineer it much more like a bicycle instead of a motorcycle. It doesn't need tires that wide nor disc brakes that massive. Lean is mean. They are doing it wrong.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Wide tires are actually very helpful. I found out why yesterday when i rode over a traintrack at about a 15 degree angle. My 2.5" bicycle tire got sucked right into the track and i went down. My arms and legs are heavily road rashed and several parts of my bike were broken off. I was only traveling at 20mph, which is why i am not typing this from the hospital ( if i were able ). So let me say, i wouldn't mind super wide tires on a scooter. They would make this less likely to occur. My bike tires got sucked right into the tracks, and tires much wider would have not done that.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Do you remember that I warned you about the danger of a two wheeled vehicle
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        It needs those tires and brakes because it's capable of near-highway speeds. Bicycle wheels/tires and brakes just aren't meant for those sorts of stresses on a regular basis.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          "... don't you think something like mountain bike girth can do that every day?" No, I don't. As a commuting bicyclist for the past 20 years, I'm well familiar with how easy it is to get a flat tire, whether on a mountain bike with wide slicks, or a 700c wheel with heavy-duty commuter tires. Of course, you're free to prove me wrong. Build the Danmobile.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Says who? if a super thin racing bike tire can handle the 90km/h they go on tour de france down hill, don't you think something like mountain bike girth can do that every day? And those disc brakes are powerful enough for a small car. The smaller the wheel the less load there is on a disc brake. Tiny disc brakes stop a bicycle with ease on much larger wheels.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          I will of course devote my life just to prove you wrong on a minor point. You are that important. And of course you are wrong.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm... not my cup of tea, but i see what they've done here, they've tried to add racy dirt bike styling to a vehicle designed to be dorky as possible. Not bad. I still prefer my ebikes though.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I think the winglets look silly, but they've done a fine job otherwise of making it look like less like a social rejection mobile ;)
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        It seems absurd, doesn't it... Why would they even think that bringing "racy dirt bike styling" to a Motorcycle Show would be a good idea? (snark off) Nice job KTM, it looks great! The little winglets even make me think about the amazing X-Bow; nice to have a little brand identity to relate the products across the line. Nothing dorky about it, KTM fans and those who know fast cars will certainly appreciate those little styling details.
        Thereminator
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Style aside,it seems to have the general dimensions of the old Honda 70 trail-bike...witch incorporated a surprisingly good amount of function.
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