Click above for high-res shots of the electric KTM dirtbike

We've seen electric dirtbikes before, but they've all been from small start-up manufacturers. You know that the technology is rapidly approaching mainstream when a huge company like KTM starts working on their own ebike. Using lithium ion batteries and an electric motor that produces 29.5 lb-ft of torque, the Austrian firm believes it can eke out about 40 minutes of hard riding under race conditions from its new electric machine. KTM is reportedly looking to introduce its Zero Emissions Motorcycle in as little as 24 months. The draw for electric off-road machines comes in part from their lack of emissions and sound, which conspire to keep many riders from enjoying their bikes close to home. What's more, an electric motorcycle can be recharged anywhere an outlet is available, meaning zero petroleum usage. For this reason, the Austrian government is helping to fund the development. KTM expects that its electric bike would cost just a bit more than its current race-ready enduro bikes.

[Source: Hell For Leather]

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