KTM have pulled the covers off the new Freeride E-XC, with a host of improvements to the bike giving riders even more performance and battery life.

The 2018 Freeride E-XC is powered by a state-of-the-art electric motor which makes  18 kW of power at its peak. The new motor (not an engine as the E-XC uses no fuel) is fitted into a re-designed composite frame that KTM assures us provides even better stability.

Thanks to a new PowerPack battery, the E-XC now boasts a 50% capacity increase, which translates to up to one and a half hours of riding time with just one battery charge. New for 2018 also is the adaption of  energy recuperation technology when coasting or braking for an additional range boost. KTM claims the battery has a quick charging time, too, while also providing 70 % of its initial capacity after 700 charge cycles.

In addition, the nimble little Freeride also scores a new set of  WP Xplor 43 USD forks with enhanced sensitivity, and a new WP PDS Xplor shock absorber with improved progression and adjustment options out back.

Harnessing the newfound power is down to the rider, with  three riding modes – Economy, Enduro and Cross – to pick from.

As an EV, it’s easy for beginning riders to just jump on and have a blast with no clutch or gear shift lever to worry about. Seat height is also confidence inspiring, coming in at just  just over 900mm. KTM hope that this combined with its extreme cross-country agility, will ensure that the Freeride E-XC will be the ultimate electrically powered machine for both beginners and experienced riders.

New bodywork with new graphics, trim and colours, a new dashboard and re-positioned ignition lock provide further benefits over the previous model. 

This latest e-powered machine is part of KTM’s long-term commitment to e-mobility, which began over 10 years ago in KTM’s research and development department in Mattighofen, Austria.

KTM’s CEO, Stefan Pierer says the company is committed to producing further electric options in the future.

“The new KTM Freeride E-XC marks the next step in development of e-mobility within KTM and is a continuation of our commitment to this segment. We know that e-mobility will change the landscape of travel in the future, and our vision is very clear. Looking ahead to 2025 we expect to have a wider range of models available with a focus in the commuting arena. We also plan crossover machines with our collaboration with PEXCO, as well as using our e-mobility expertise in other applications.”

The Austrian brand plans a range of machines for the future including e-mini, and an e-scooter, as well as maximising its partnership with PEXCO with a new possibility to produce crossover products in the bicycle sector. The vision is clear, and by 2025 KTM will increase emphasis on machines from 250 watt to 11kWh due to market suitability and efficiency.