News 7 Nov 2018

Electric mini bikes unveiled by KTM and Husqvarna

Innovative new youth models to be introduced ahead of 2020.

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KTM and Husqvarna have unveiled a pair of electric mini bikes during this week’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy, combining its extensive knowledge in youth dirt bikes and years of development work in e-powered models.

The KTM SX-E 5 is based upon the incredibly popular two-stroke 50 SX, featuring a high-end chassis and an electric motor. It has the advantage of zero emissions, a low noise output and minimal maintenance that is required.

A KTM PowerPack can provide more than two hours of riding for a beginner or 25 minutes for the faster junior racers, plus with its external worldwide charger, full power is restored in approximately one hour. Ready to Race, it will be available from December 2019 however pricing remains TBA.

A permanent magnet electric motor with a modern design and excellent reliability produces a peak power of 5 kW powered by a low-voltage battery. The modern control unit is perfectly integrated inside the motor and provides a strong, yet easy to control power delivery.

With no shifting or clutch, this machine is easy to ride and with no compromise in terms of safety thanks to competence standards being applied from the car industry. A multifunctional instrument between the steering head and seat allows the user to select different ride modes and a roll-over sensor cuts off the power in the case of a crash. Additionally, a wrist lanyard key cuts the motor in the event of a fall.

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This dynamic drive train is fitted to a high-end chassis with an innovative, adjustable seat height that’s ideal for the growing youngster. High quality hydraulic Formula brakes with lightweight wave brake discs are comparable to those on combustion machines, whilst the wheels and handlebar are also of similar quality.

A top-level WP XACT 35 fork provides outstanding rideability and stability, combined with the WP shock absorber that’s linked directly to a newly developed lightweight cast aluminum swingers, created especially for the KTM SX-E 5.

The modern, lightweight and nimble frame is based on the KTM 50 SX and adapted for the electric drive train and battery, and boasts a polyamide sub-frame that’s reinforced by fiberglass – another innovative KTM SX-E 5 feature.

Finally, the bodywork is shared with the KTM 50 SX, which is similar to its bigger brothers racing at world championship level, and a spacer has been designed in place of the fuel tank to give a true motorcycle feel. This design provides perfect contact points and ergonomics for the rider, whilst looking ultra-cool with its orange polymer powder coated frame and the graphic design.

In addition, the KTM-owned Husqvarna brand will also introduce an electric mini bike for MY20, the fully adaptable and adjustable EE 5. Boasting the same state of the art electric motor with five kilowatts of power, six different riding modes and a 907 Wh Li-ion battery, it’s paired with the race-proven chassis including WP suspension.