To further cement their title as the masters of dirt, KTM has unveiled the second-generation FreeRide E-XC in Austria, and outlined the company’s plan for the future of the e-mobility segment. Reported in Dirt Bike magazine, the new electric off-roader has an 18 kW motor in a composite frame re-designed for better stability. The new KTM PowerPack boasts a 50 percent increase in capacity, reportedly good for 1.5 hours on a single charge.
The new FreeRide also utilizes energy recuperation when coasting or braking for an additional range boost, and the battery has a quick charging time while also providing 70 percent of its initial capacity after 700 charge cycles. In addition, this lightweight bike boasts a new WP Xplor 43 upside-down fork system with enhanced sensitivity, and a new WP PDS Xplor shock absorber with improved progression and adjustment options.
The E-XC has three riding modes: Economy, Enduro, and Cross. KTM says the low seat height and extreme cross-country agility offers the ultimate electrically-powered machine for beginners to experienced level riders. Stylish new bodywork with racy graphics, trim and colors, a new dashboard, and re-positioned ignition lock provide further benefits over the previous model.
KTM plans a range of machines for the future including e-mini, and an e-scooter, as well as maximizing its partnership with PEXCO with a new possibility to produce crossover products in the bicycle sector.
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“We are proud to present the new KTM FreeRide E-XC, which marks the next step in development of e-mobility within KTM and is a continuation of our commitment to this segment," said CEO Stefan Pierer. "We know that e-mobility will change the landscape of travel in the future, and our vision is very clear.”
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KTM reports that in the next few years they will increase emphasis on machines from 250 watt to 11kWh in accordance with market suitability and efficiency.