The impossible becomes possible! No exhaust emissions and no noise pollution, plus a spontaneous, surprisingly powerful, state-of-the-art electric drive. Fun is guaranteed for novices and professionals alike, thanks to the various adjustable ride modes from economy to standard to advanced.
The pioneering electric vehicle concept for the offroad world has been brought to production readiness by KTM over a four-year development period, to order to make a contribution towards better environmental compatibility.
The electric motor with an output of up to 16 kW (22 hp) and torque of 42 Nm is just as sporty as other KTM bikes. The flat KTM PowerPack is completely recharged in only 80 minutes (80% in 50 minutes), so nothing stands in the way of up to an hour of riding fun, depending on terrain and riding style.
A permanent-magnet synchronous motor in a disc armature design powers the KTM FREERIDE E. This low-wear, compact and slim power plant generates 42 Nm of torque from the first twist of the grip and ensures even power delivery. Designed for peak power of 16 kW (22 hp), the electric motor can supply 11 kW (15 hp) continuously. Even at high outside temperatures, the motor casing’s liquid-cooling system with electric water pump ensures flawless functionality with no drop in performance. Twist and go. No clutch. No shifting: Simply twist the grip, ride off and have fun!
The right gear is always engaged. Because the high-torque electric motor allows a fixed transmission ratio to be used. Hence, there’s no need for a clutch to get going. Especially for novices, this means a radical simplification, above all because both brakes can now be operated from the handlebar – everything under control. Twist the throttle, ride off and have fun.
KTM PowerPack: 260 volts, 2.6 kWh, 28 kg – these specifications give you up to one hour of riding pleasure (subject to riding style and terrain). Is the KTM PowerPack flat? Simply replace it and ride on. While you’re away, the flat battery can be recharged. Or you use your lunch break for charging the vehicle. Charging time: 50 min (80%), 80 min (100%).
The external battery charger can be connected to any 230-volt power socket and operated with a minimum fuse rating of 10 or 13 (quick charging) amperes. It can also be connected conveniently to the KTM PowerPack installed in the vehicle.
DUST AND WATERPROOF
Both the drive unit, with its electric motor and power electronics, and the battery are completely dust and waterproof. The FREERIDE E is therefore well prepared for the toughest offroad trips.
POWER ELECTRONICS AND DISPLAY
The power electronics convert throttle actuations into controllable yet sporty propulsion. The multi-function instrument located between steering head and seat allows a choice to be made between three different ride modes, each with different power delivery: Economy, Standard and Advanced.
FRAME AND SUBFRAME
The proven, extremely lightweight, FREERIDE composite frame design has been further refined for FREERIDE E models and adapted to the compact electric power unit. Compared with fuel-burning versions, the frame on E-models is designed to be open at the bottom. The motor therefore acts as a load-bearing element with additional support from a solid aluminum base plate. This guarantees optimum stiffness and ultimate safety, even on bigger jumps. The light and extremely stable plastic subframe has integrated grip recesses that provide an effective hold should the rear wheel ever become stuck in the mud. The cast-aluminum swingarm excels with low weight and has been designed to support the suspension system comprising frame and springs with targeted flexibility in the direction of oscillation.
In conjunction with high quality, CNC-machined triple clamps, the 43-mm WP upside-down fork with 250 mm of suspension travel delivers superb stability, excellent responsiveness and outstanding damping. The fork’s sporty settings harmonise perfectly with the PDS shock absorber from WP, in which a progressive spring provides for great protection from bottoming out. Rebound and compression damping (high and low-speed) are adjustable.
WHEELS AND BRAKES
The high-end GIANT alloy wheels on FREERIDE E models, with CNC-machined hubs and ultra-light aluminum spoke nipples, are fitted with tyres from Maxxis: a TrialMaxx (2.75-21) up front and a MaxxEnduro (120/90-18) at the rear, both characterised by excellent grip and great traction. Both models decelerate with Formula brake systems featuring lightweight wave brake discs and radially bolted brake callipers with four pistons at the front and two at the rear.
Permanent magnet synchronous motorin a disc armature design
11 kW (15 hp) @ 5500 rpm
16 kW (22 hp) @ 4500 rpm
Lithium-ion KTM PowerPack (easily removed)
SECONDARY GEAR RATIO
Perimeter steel-aluminium composite frame
WP upside-down Ø 43 mm
WP PDS shock absorber
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT)
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR)
FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER
REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER
STEERING HEAD ANGLE
1418 ± 10 mm
WEIGHT READY TO RACE (WITHOUT FUEL)