Electric Enduro by KTM
KTM reveals race-ready electric motorcycle, production within 2 years
KTM's battery pack and electric motor together weigh 17kg, but some of this weight will be offset by the elimination of the clutch; exhaust pipes and canisters; fuel tank and other necessities of internal combustion. The company expects that the Zero Emissions Motorcycle will carry a small price premium over a KTM enduro of similar performance.
Discussing the thinking behind the Zero Emissions Motorcycle project, KTM board member Harald Plöckinger says the lack of noise and emissions means "We can bring now the Enduro sport again more near in the centers of dense development and cities." Indeed the greatest advantage electricity brings to dirt bikes isn't the number of spotted owls that will be saved (comparatively cars, homes and industry all pollute exponentially more than all motorcycles put together), but rather the access that the power source will be capable of granting and preserving.
Seeing the competitive advantage the Zero Emissions Motorcycle would provide KTM and the environmental and political advantages it would give both the company and the country, the project is being part financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for traffic, innovation and technology.
Good news but some errors. KTM's battery pack and electric motor total weight, are wrong. The real weight is approx. 30 Kg. The Quantya Strada torque is 23.23 lb/ft, but for the Quantya Track (enduro version) is 33.19 lb/ft. During 2007 KTM had instructed the company Arsenal Research to develop an electric bike. Arsenal Research bought a Quantya FMX and this is the result.