All electric KTM Duke spied testing in Austria, will it launch in India?

KTM plan to retain the motorcycle appeal and have included a gearbox as the spy images reveal a clutch lever and shifter linkage

By: | Published: May 4, 2017 11:49 AM
Image: Asphalt & Rubber

KTM is apparently testing a new motorcycle, and it's not the usual combustion engine but a quieter and greener electric motor. Spy images of the motorcycle being tested were taken by Asphault & Rubber. By the looks of it, the chassis comes from the 390 Duke, however this is not the first time the Austrian manufacturer has attempted to perfect the electric powertrain. An electric dirt bike Freeride E is available in select markets. The electric Duke seems to be in its very early stages of development, and perhaps KTM's perspective on this bike is to create more of a convenient commuter for congested areas and not a competitive sports motorcycle.

KTM, however, plan to retain the motorcycle appeal and have included a gearbox as the spy images reveal a clutch lever and shifter linkage on the left-hand side of the motorcycle. It is likely to get a liquid cooled engine as a large radiator can be clearly seen on the bike, but it could also be some liquid-cooling for the large battery pack (the aluminum box near the top of the bike).

Image: Asphalt & Rubber

The Freeride E-SM mentioned above, comes with a liquid-cooled PMAC electric motor, which produces 21.5 hp, the electric Duke may also use the same PMAC electric motor design.

It is difficult to say what sort of power figures with the electric Duke have, however it may be safe to say that since a 390 Duke's frame has been used for this bike, KTM may try to match its performance with it too.

When all has been said and done, and the production version of this motorcycle is ready for sale, it is unclear to say whether it will make its way to India. While the country is just beginning to embrace performance motorcycles, it isn't used to seeing many electric two-wheelers on the road. There have been some scooters, however the electric Duke would be the first full electric motorcycle in India.

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