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KTM unveils E-Speed - electric scooter prototype

Austrian manufacturer KTM unveiled at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show a new zero-emission electric scooter concept, the E-Speed.

This electric scooter is based on the same technology which powers the company’s Freeride E model, an electric, zero emissions, silent off-road sport motorcycle, while the E-Speed is KTM’s offering to the urban commuter.

Faithful to its motto that every component of a KTM must have both an aesthetic and a structural and the E-Street is just that, with its state of the art hybrid steel trellis frame and angular designwhich was designed by KTM’s very own Gerald Kiska.

Technically speaking the E-Speed uses all in-house technology developed in their Mattighofen factory.

The prototype produces 11 KW and can reach speeds of up to 50mph (85km/h). The motor is liquid-cooledand permanent-magnet synchronous and produces 26 lb-ft (36nm) of maximum torque and is belt driven.

Electricity is stored in lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 4.36kWh – and can be fully charged in two hours from a regular power socket.

It also features WP suspension elements, something that you’ll never find on other scooters and regenerative brakes with 220mm discs, ABS, and 14” alloy wheels with orange rims which is KTM’s trademark color.

Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM, 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.'

At the moment the E-Speed is still a concept, but the scooter market could be just waiting for a very sporty electric scooter.

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