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KTM announce electric 50cc E-Mini

The E-Mini will be KTM's second electric motocross bike

IN a committed move towards the future of e-mobility, KTM have announced a small electric off-road bike, which could eventually replace the 50cc combustion model.

The ‘E-Mini’, as it will be called, is due to begin production as early as 2019, with sales following the year after. However, Jochi Sauer, KTM’s off-road product manager at KTM told journalists that testing of the competition model began two years ago, with the son of a well-known racer achieving a two-second faster motocross lap time on the electric model than his 50 SX.

In a press conference on Wednesday it was announced that the E-mini would replace the 50cc combustion engine, but Sauer backtracked yesterday, claiming a translation issue resulted in the misunderstanding and that there are no plans to phase the 50cc model out.

But with KTM becoming more and more committed to an electric future, it’s likely that the original statement will sooner or later come to fruition.

Comments

In the best case KTM/Husky maintain the already crazy price... worst, it forces an already expensive product higher. Is there even a ruling on race class participation? The 50's are seriously raced by wannabe parents, via their offspring. Not homologated models... the few parents that fork out for the new stuff may have to stay with the fossil burners

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