KTM To Debut First Entry Into Electric Road Bikes

E-Duke Will Be KTM-badged version of the Husqvarna E-Pilen

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Document from model-planning meeting shows KTM’s first road-going electric motorcycle, based on the Husqvarna E-Pilen but with distinctive KTM style.

KTM E-Duke Will be KTM’s First Electric Road Bike

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KTM Enters The Electric Road Bike Game
KTM is planning to enter the electric motorcycle game with a re-styled Husqvarna E-Pilen. Both brands are part of the Pierer Group, that also owns GasGas

It might not seem like it but the Pierer Group, owner of KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas, has long been developing an electric motorcycle model plan to take the company forward into the petrol-less era that is fast approaching.

So far, the only outward signs of electrification within the group have been the Husqvarna E-Pilen and Vektorr concepts but that is all about to change, according to a model planning meeting document that has been leaked, with the KTM brand about to take centre stage.

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Tip of the Iceberg
Two off-road and two urban commuter bikes are just the start. KTM wants to develop electric bikes that will reflect its Ready To Race ethos.

For a long time, it was not known how KTM planned to electrify its range but the document shows that the first KTM steps will be with a re-styled and KTM-badged E-Pilen. The E-Pilen is the first Husqvarna-only model to emerge, previous petrol-engined motorcycles being re-styled KTM models so the arrival of the E-Duke reverses that philosophy.

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Husqvarna E-Pilen
E-Pilen concept was the first out of the blocks and turning it into a KTM will be the first time it has happened this way round. Normally, a Husky is a re-badged KTM

The E-Pilen and the E-Duke are not going to be road-burners, however, being powered by a 125cc-equivalent 5.5kW battery capacity, giving 10kW (26.5lb.ft) of power. This points them firmly at the urban transport segment and makes no pretence at performance for the time being.

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Husqvarna Vektorr Concept
Electric scooter concept also likely to make it to production. All three electric bikes will be built in India by Bajaj. Could we see a KTM version of the Vektorr?

The E-Duke, E-Pilen and Vektorr will be built in India as part of the Pierer Group tie-in with Bajaj and are the tip of the iceberg that is the group’s electric motorcycle plans, with the company stating it wants its EV models to reflect its Ready To Race performance image.

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KTM Freeride E-XC
Up to now, the electric off-road bike has been KTM’s only foray into electric power for motorcycles.

Given that the E-Duke is a re-badged E-Pilen, could we also see the Vektorr scooter being re-badged into a KTM version?

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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