KTM E-SPEED: orange mobility

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KTM look to be making further inroads into the electric market after unveiling the E-SPEED at the
Tokyo Motor Show.The scooter concept is targeted at the urbanites and utilises the same battery and powertrain as the FREERIDE E.

With an angular design and a ‘state of the art hybrid trellis light metal frame’, the E-SPEED tops the scales at 140kg, has a top speed of 50mph and a 40 mile range from a full charge – the lithium-ion battery takes around two hours from a household socket.

In the press release KTM state that the prototype 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.”

KTM CEO, Stefan Pierer said: “We at KTM are completely convinced of electric mobility as a perfect complement to conventional powertrains. 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! Vehicles like the ‘E-SPEED’ and FREERIDE E can help powered two-wheelers win back more acceptance in society. Not just because of their environmental credits, but because they are easy to use, quick, and simply great fun.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottrounds Scott Rounds

    tips the scales, not “tops the scales”.

    • Strafer

      140kg = 309 lbs.
      looks lighter than that to my eyes
      looks as if all the weight is very low though so maybe that will make it feel light

  • Miles Prower [690 Duke]

    If this were a real production scooter, I’d totally buy two of them.

    I used to own two Honda Metropolitan scooters. They were immensely fun for going on date rides.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.berndt.73 Jonathan Berndt

    KTM is such a cool company, the design house they use is very cutting edge. Honda has great ideas but their designs are so meh!

  • http://twitter.com/paulofoliveira Paulo Oliveira

    Looks cool but the speed/range are low for a new bike…

    My 2011 Vectrix scooter has 110Km/h top speed and 80km of range. They should at least top that to make people change…

  • Jay

    It’s a beautiful machine, but where is the storage? For me, the whole appeal of a scooter is the storage. KTMs form-before-function approach doesn’t work.

    • Strafer

      those scooters that can store a helmet are pretty neat – beats carrying the helmet around

  • tobykeller

    Is that ABS I see?

  • http://www.facebook.com/electricbike Troy Rank

    Abolutely sick, A great demonstration of what’s possible right now. Good application.

  • http://www.facebook.com/garrett.kubiak.3 Garrett Kubiak

    Oh please please invite me to the day we take ten of these things to grange and race them!!!

  • Shockdude

    Electric scooters are fail, just take a look where all the scooters are parked, on the street. Most ppl that own scooters don’t have a car park so they commute with a scooter.

  • yipY

    It seems it would be good around town,with enough power and good traffic light acceleration from the zero rev max torque.It’s obvious to my eye that there needs to be a screen of some kind between the fairing teeth to stop the cold wind blast going straight up your pants leg.They will have to offer replacement batteries at very fair prices:the bugbear of electric vehicles is when the battery dies and the real market value of the unit halves.

    • Campisi

      “… The bugbear of electric vehicles is when the battery dies and the real market value of the unit halves.”

      I’ve heard this many times before, but does it actually happen? I’ve been keeping an eye on used electrics on Craigslist and whatnot over the last few years, but apart from old homebrew EVs I haven’t ever seen anyone dumping their EV due to a worn-out battery. A dedicated market study on the topic would make for interesting reading.

      • yipY

        Battery costs.That’s why,I believe,KTM stopped plans to sell electric MXers.Until batteries are way cheaper you will lose about half the value of the bike in just over a year when the battery starts to die.That is why the KTM electric MXer morphed into the gas motored Freeride.

  • protomech

    KTM Freeride E uses the Perm 126 also seen in the Brammo Enertia Plus. Geared for 50 mph top speed the scooter should be pretty zippy. But the battery energy is quite low, competitive with Zero and Brammo’s 2011 bikes .. to say nothing of the 2014-2015 timeframe a production version might arrive in.

  • Campisi

    “We at KTM are completely convinced of electric mobility as a perfect complement to conventional powertrains. 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! Vehicles like the ‘E-SPEED’ and FREERIDE E can help powered two-wheelers win back more acceptance in society. Not just because of their environmental credits, but because they are easy to use, quick, and simply great fun.”

    - Stefan Pierer, KTM CEO

    “I don’t see very good perspectives for the sector because the battery technology is not the level at which the bikes need… In addition the lithium ion battery pack is dangerous in case of an accident, they can cause explosion. It’s very very dangerous, just think about the problems that Boeing is having at the moment.

    “The battery technology simply is not at a level which can justify the investment in the product. Our electric bike is ready and developed, but the battery pack costs €2,000. That is just too much. The electric bike markets will take off only when the product is less expensive and more efficient, it has to be truly innovative for this technology to work.”

    - Stefan Pierer, KTM CEO

    Hmm.

    • orthorim

      Actions speak louder than words.

    • yipY

      So this KTM CEO guy is positive one day,and negative the next.He’s a bright spark!

  • Nick Farrell

    “the E-SPEED tops the scales at 140kg, has a top speed of 50mph and a 40 mile range from a full charge”

    lolz yea um no thx.

    • http://twitter.com/Mr_Paynter Mr Paynter

      Said most people…

      My commute is 6 miles one way of city traffic which is just a touch to dangerous to cycle and my garage has a socket, so I would consider one of these for sure.

  • john ashman

    Why can’t they just make an SSS, belt drive Super Moto for the city out of that concept?

  • john ashman

    Where do you put your briefcase?