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KTM electric scooter project scrapped

E-SPEED concept not in keeping with KTM’s image

KTM'S E-SPEED electric scooter project has been scrapped, according to sources at the Austrian firm.

Allegedly, the zero-emission scooter was not in keeping with KTM’s image.

Based on the same technology which powers the electric Freeride E that we recently reviewed, the concept was aimed squarely at adjusting KTM’s electric offering to the urban commuter market.

The prototype unveiled at last year’s Tokyo Motorcycle Show produced 11 kW and 26ft.lb of torque from its ‘permanent-magnet synchronous’ liquid-cooled motor, giving it a top speed of 50mph.

Electricity is stored in lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 4.36kWh - supposedly, they are fully charged within two hours from a regular power socket. 

Interestingly, the scooter used a ‘state-of-the-art hybrid steel trellis frame’ and WP suspension elements, intended to enhance the performance of the E-Speed beyond that of a regular around-town scooter.

At the concept's unveiling, 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!’

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