2018 KTM Freeride E-XC NG Released
Silence never sounded this electrifying. With an even more powerful motor, the new KTM PowerPack with enhanced capacity, ultra-fast charging times, energy recuperation and revamped WP suspension, this ground-breaking ride is all set to deliver up to one and a half hours of racing without emissions. Or limits.
The FREERIDE E-XC is suitable for road use. It has all the necessary components for riding to the baker, the local forest or to work. Lights, indicators, mirrors, ignition lock and immobiliser number among the additional features that mean absolute freedom. With peak power at 18 kW, a continuous rated power output of 9 kW and weighing in at 110 kg, it complies with the restrictions of the A1 driving license and may therefore be used by 16-year-old beginners.
The new KTM FREERIDE E-XC features a new KTM PowerPack with increased capacity. Rated at 3.9 kWh, the new battery provides 50 % more capacity than the previous version’s 2.6 kWh, which makes it capable of powering the electric bike for up to 1.5 hours of riding fun, depending on the riding style and terrain. More good news? It retains full backward compatibility to the previous electric KTM FREERIDE E models.Easily inserted from above, the removable KTM PowerPack sits on top of the motor, secured by four screws and well protected by the frame tubes. It is easily swapped for a fully charged one by simply flipping up the seat and opening four screws. This can be accomplished in a matter of seconds, even quicker than refueling a bike with a combustion engine.Alternatively, the KTM PowerPack can be fully charged while still mounted in the bike by using the connector beneath the seat. In terms of battery aging, even after 700 charge cycles, the KTM PowerPack will still provide 70 % of its initial capacity.
The external charger can be connected to any regular 230V socket fused at 10A or 13A and can be easily connected to the KTM PowerPack by flipping up the seat. Charging time is about 110 minutes for a full charge, or about 75 minutes for an 80 % charge.
The new KTM FREERIDE E-XC’s enhanced brushless electric motor is controlled by an intelligent, state-of-the-art control unit specifically adapted for this application to guarantee a responsive, yet highly tractable power delivery for maximum riding fun. In fact, the tighter and twistier the tracks, the more fun is to be had: since the full torque is on tap basically from a standstill, which means that neither a gear shift lever nor a clutch are needed, there is no simpler way of riding a motorcycle.With the advanced motor now providing 18 instead of 16 kW of peak power in Cross mode 3, the new KTM FREERIDE E-XC easily holds its own against many motorcycles with combustion engines. In addition, when Economy mode is selected, the new model is now able to recuperate deceleration energy during coasting and braking for an additional range boost.At the same time, the KTM FREERIDE E-XC delivers full operational safety without compromise. Even fully submerged in water, there is no electrical hazard from the sophisticated, fully sealed system of the drivetrain and KTM PowerPack.
The state-of-the-art control unit is an advanced set of electronics delivering an important contribution toward the responsive yet highly tractable power delivery of the new KTM FREERIDE E-XC. It is water cooled in order to ensure reliable function under any conditions.
The multifunctional display between the steering head and seat allows the rider to select one of three different power delivery modes. In addition, a chain of LEDs, colored green to red, provides a visual indication of the charge remaining in the KTM PowerPack, with the red LED starting to flash and the bike automatically entering “limp home mode“ as soon as the charge drops below 10 %. In addition, error codes are indicated by the red LED flashing in different frequencies.
The bolt-on subframe is fabricated from high-strength polymer. Featuring exceptional rigidity, it makes a significant contribution towards keeping the overall vehicle weight down. The integrated grip handle is recessed and well protected from mud and dirt thrown up by the rear wheel.
The chassis of the KTM FREERIDE E-XC features a very lightweight composite frame design combining top quality chrome-molybdenum steel with bolt-on forged aluminum sections. In contrast to the KTM FREERIDE 250 F, the frame of the E-model has an open lower section, with the motor and massive aluminum skid plate functioning as stressed members. This design ensures optimal stiffness and stability for top safety, even in high jumps. For model year 2018, the proven frame has received an update in the form of a longer steering head, which increases front end stability for even better tracking.
Perimeter steel-aluminium composite frame
WP upside-down Ø 43 mm
WP PDS shock absorber
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT)
SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR)
FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER
REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER
5/8 x 1/4″
STEERING HEAD ANGLE
1418 ± 10 mm
42 Nm (30.98 ft-lb)
Single speed transmission
SECONDARY GEAR RATIO