KTM Shows Off Second-Gen 2018 FreeRide E-XC
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.
“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.”
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.