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KTM pulls plug on electric scooter

KTM might be backing electric off-road bikes big-style, as the Austrian company was keen to stress at Cologne, but it has pulled the plug on an electric scooter, according to news reports.

It is claimed company sources have said the zero-emission scooter was not in keeping with KTM’s image.

The scooter was to have been based on the same technology as the electric Freeride E and the urban commuter market.

The prototype unveiled at last year’s Tokyo Motorcycle Show produced 11 kW and 26ft.lb of torque from its ‘permanent-magnet synchronous’ liquid-cooled motor, giving it a top speed of 50mph.
Electricity was stored in lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 4.36kWh – supposedly, they are fully charged within two hours from a regular power socket.

At the concept’s unveiling, Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM, said: ‘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 which are highly sensitive from an environmental perspective, like open nature and densely populated metropolitan areas!’

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