All-electric KTM ready to perform
KTM is really into perfecting its electric line-up. For 2018 at the Austrian manufacturer comes up with the Freeride E-XC. You might say the new KTM Freeride E-XC is the old Freeride E with a new set of stickers, but you will be wrong. The bike is completely refurbished and features the KTM latest solution for battery autonomy and Ready To Race performance.
The lithium-ion battery packs are now provided by Sony and offer 50% more juice. KTM says the battery will retain 70% of its charging capacity even after 700 charging cycles. The dimensions have grown a bit, and you can get an hour and a half of riding. If you spend your battery wisely and choose to go in Eco mode with the regenerative braking on, you might get two hours of riding. The battery is easy to swap so if you carry an extra battery pack with you things will look even greater.
The power plant is also a water-cooled electric motor that got updated. The power figure stands at 12hp which makes it A1 license compliant. KTM says that the peak power can go as high as 24hp. Enough to put it against a gas-powered 250cc machine.
The suspension system is also updated with the WP Xplor 43 front fork that is fully adjustable. The rear shock is the new WP PDS Xplor unit that will let you climb every rocky wall.
KTM ensures us that the costs of running the new Freeride E-XC are just the same with running a gas powered bike. The coolest part is that the E-XC comes with a similar price as a gas-powered bike, but you have to lease the battery and charger from KTM. This way you are sure that you will get a new battery if something happens.