KTM Freeride electric motorcycles debut in Japan

Electric motorcycles are coming and could be the transportation of the future. Austrian company KTM recently unveiled two models of electric motorcycles at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show in Japan under the label KTM Freeride.

Headquartered in Mattighofen, Austria, KTM says that it will now enter vigorous testing and plans to have the bikes in production and deliverable for Spring 2011.

Hubert Trunkenpolz, Head of Sales at KTM Sportmotorcyle AG, comments on the philosophy and focus of the revolutionary motorcycles at the press conference at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show: “The KTM Freeride project is extremely important for the brand KTM. As the world’s leading manufacturer of offroad sports motorcycles, it is part of our responsibility to do everything possible to ensure the ongoing vitality of offroad sport. One consequence for us is to realize a new drive solution via a pure electric motor. This means that we, as an extremely sports-oriented brand, can stay true to our “Ready to Race” philosophy…”

Hubert Trunkenpolz adds: We would like to prove our competitive power, not only with the technology but also with the prices we offer. We can already say that the first Freeride motorcycle from KTM will be under € 10,000 – which is on a similar level with an Enduro motorcycle with a combustion engine currently being deployed in the world championship.

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