Whoever said electric vehicles couldn’t be sexy? This latest concept shown in Tokyo should put a bright orange stamp on anybody who disagrees. With the FREERIDE E, KTM put a well-engineered “Zero Emission Sport motorcycle” concept on wheels. Now, the company (based in Mattighofen, Austria) has unveiled the “ESPEED”
concept at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show, it’s a new sport orientated future concept for “urban mobility”.
With the “E-SPEED”, KTM introduces a concept vehicle based on the same battery and drive system as the Freeride E, which will offer a comparable solution for urban areas. Stefan Pierer (KTM CEO): “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 that are highly sensitive from an environmental perspective, like open nature and densely populated metropolitan areas! Vehicles like the ‘ESPEED’ 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.”
The KTM “E-SPEED” does indeed have sporting ambitions, as witnessed by the concept’s chassis and styling – thanks to completely unique technical solutions and the inimitable lines drawn by KTM’s very own designer, Gerald Kiska. True to his
motto that each and every component of a KTM must have both an aesthetic and a structural function, the chassis and bodywork of the “E-SPEED” have turned out uncluttered and iconic with a true premium look. Technically the E-SPEED takes advantage of the extensive knowhow gathered in the development department in Mattighofen. The prototype, which produces 14.75bhp and 36 Nm of torque can reach 52mph. The concept uses a state-of-the-art hybrid steel trellis frame and WP suspension elements and we expect it’ll be in production before too long….