KTM dévoile un Supermotard électrique

Les ingénieurs & designers du constructeur autrichien KTM viennent de dévoiler leur deux concepts de moto 100% électriques au salon de Tokyo.



Très attendu (du fait d’un marketing viral & RP relativement bien ficelé) ont pourrait presque dire que KTM vient ENFIN au secours des motards qui voyaient plutôt d’un mauvais œil l’arrivée des machines de MX ou d’enduro électriques actuelles… qui bien qu’auréolées du statut de « futur » du TT …. ressemblaient plus à des VTT hybrides ou des « scooters des champs » qu’à de vrai machines de tout terrain capable d’encaisser une ou plusieurs saisons d’entrainements.


ENFIN ces deux prototypes ressemblent à des motos, l’ergonomie est similaire à toute les machines de TT actuelles et le coup de crayon est assez réussi (bien que ça devient lassant que chez KTM, il semble que « supermotard » rime avec lâchage complet en terme de tuning, le SM c’est fun mais quand même…), la version MX semble fine & racée, le SM semblant lui tourné résolument vers le coté « stunt » … le tés de fourche type « VTT » bodybuildé permettant de tenter de nouvelle figures :’)

Ces deux machines sont prévues pour le printemps 2011 et seront affichés à – de 10 000€.




En bref, on a l’impression que ces deux protos marquent le début d’une nouvelle aire : celle où les motos électriques commencent à intéresser les industriels qui savent faire…. des motos !



Informations techniques (in English) :


  • Frame: Lightweight Delta Box frame with forged aluminium components. Self supporting tail in monocoque design.
  • ?Suspension: Up-side-down fork and shock absorber with variable setting. Progressive damping system.?
  • Tires: 21” Trial Enduro tires
  • ?Brake system: Hydraulic brake system with hand operation for the front and rear wheel. Radial brake system with recuperation support through brake energy.?
  • Engine case: Combined drive casing in light metal design and all inclusive system integration.?Drive motor: Permanent energized synchronous motor in shrunk-on-disc construction.?
  • Engine management: Modular high performance power module with integrated system and “Drive by Wire” security management.?
  • Transmission: Direct drive without clutch with gear transmission and chain.?
  • Traction battery: Plug in battery in li-ion (lithium-ion) technology.


  • Motor effective horsepower 7.4 (10) / 6000 [kW (hp) / Umin-1]
  • ?Motor peak performance 22 (30) / 6000 [kW (hp) / Umin-1]?
  • Motor torque 43 / 500 [Nm / Umin-1]?
  • Maximum motor speed 6600 [Umin-1]?
  • Maximum battery voltage 300 V
  • ?Maximum energy content 2.5 kWh
  • ?Speed 70 Km/h (43.5 mph)?
  • Overall multiplication factor (primary / secondary) 10.5 (2.4 / 4.5)?
  • Charging time 1.5 h?
  • Total vehicle weight Inc. removable battery 90 kg (198.4 lbs)

Interview des responsables du projet chez KTM


When will the first KTM electro-motorcycle be available for sale ??

 KTM will begin with the transition of this project into the pre-series phase in the summer of 2010. A comprehensive test program will be carried out at the same time. According to current planning, the delivery of the first “Freeride” offroad series production model will follow in late spring of 2011 for Europe.??


What will the KTM “Freeride” motorcycle cost ?

 ?The price has not yet been finalized; however, the aim is to stay under € 10,000 and to settle on a price comparable to a conventional, high-quality, sport Enduro.??


Will there be other variants or models?

 ?The topic « electro-driven » certainly offers more areas of application than classic offroad sport. In the first phase, it will only involve the Enduro because here KTM wants to gather experience and push the sport. Following the enduro, there are numerous possible applications and scope for variants.


??Is the KTM Freeride homologated for street riding ?

?In Europe, the machine will be homologated for use on the open road.??


How long will the battery last under normal operation ?

?In principle it must be said that in the area of e-motors reach is largely dependant on the profile of the user. The range is significantly less with a motocross professional at the handlebars than with a hobby enduro rider. The development goal is to be equitable with the requirements in the area of Enduro. In other words, with mixed offroad riding, approximately one hour should be possible.??


How long does it take to recharge the battery ?

?The battery can be used at 100% performance after 90 minutes on the charger. It is possible to recharge the battery while still installed in the bike, but it can also be simply and quickly removed and replaced with another.??How many times is it possible to recharge the battery??The final specification of the battery has not been determined. The one that is presently being tested allows approximately 500 recharges, which is the equivalent of the normal life cycle of an Enduro motorcycle.


Generally, it must be said that the development of batteries in this sector is still in the first stage and significant advances in development are expected in the coming years.??Does the “Freeride” mark the end of the classic Enduro with a combustion motor ?

?Absolutely not. From KTM’s point of view the new drive technology represents a big chance to open up a third stream of application in the area of motorcycles. Highly developed four-stroke motors will continue to be used in the future, just as with two-stroke motors. Above all, motorcycles with an electro-motor will contribute to bringing the sport into the urban areas and at the same time speak to an entirely new target group.

Source : Cycle news