Why should cars be the only vehicles going through the shift from fossil fuel engines to electric powered engines? Well, they are not and shouldn’t be. This is why we are super excited about KTM’s Freeride E-SM, a street legal motorcycle which uses a 300 V li-ion battery as its power source. At its full capacity, this battery, which was manufactured in collaboration with Samsung, can allow you to ride the Freeride E-SM for one hour depending on your riding style, of course. It takes about 80 minutes to fully charge this battery and slightly less than an hour to reach 80 percent power capacity. The battery slot and cover were designed in a way which allows you to easily remove it and replace it with a pre-charged one on the go.
In order to ride the Freeride E-SM, you will need a A1 European driving license which is restricted to 125 cc or 11 kW motorcycles. At the core of the bike lies a brushless, liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet, synchronous motor which is capable of producing an output of 15 hp and even going up to 22 hp in short bursts.
The need for the clutch was completely eliminated as a fixed gear transmission conveys power directly to the rear wheel. The Freeride E-SM has three different ride modes: economy, standard and advanced so you can choose whichever suites you the best at any given time. The ride mode is easily changed by simply pressing a button on the panel located between the steering head and the seat.
Because this bike weighs just 238 lbs, it can be used for commuting but it can be used for impressive stunts which the amazing 43-mm upside-down fork and PDS shock absorber suspension system makes possible. With the price tag just slightly below 12.000 bucks, not everybody will get to enjoy in sweet rides on this revolutionary motorcycle but those who can afford it are going to have a lot of fun riding it. [via]
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Check out the KTM Freeride E-SM in action.
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