KTM’s Freeride E electric off-roader was first unveiled on the show circuit back in 2011; as the first battery bike from a major OEM, it caused quite a stir.
Two years later, we’re still waiting for it to make a splash on the market. Comments from KTM’s CEO might explain that.
In an interview with Italian mag Motociclismo, Stefan Pierer seemed to think the bikes’ batteries are holding them, and electric motorcycles in general, back. Here’s what he had to say (thank Google for the translation work).
“I do not see great prospects for this sector because the batteries are not up to the level the bikes they need,” Pierer told the mag.
“In addition, the package lithium batteries is dangerous in case of an accident: it can trigger an explosion. It is very, very dangerous …
“The battery technology is not at a level that would justify a large investment in the product. Our electric bike is ready, operated, developed, but the battery pack costs 2,000 euro. Too much. The market will recover only with products that are less expensive and more efficient, truly innovative.