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Old 04-01-2016, 01:25 AM   #1
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What will KTMs mystery alternative drivetrain be

Its for urban mobility so is the firm reviving the ESpeed scooter

KTM's E-Speed electric scooter concept

KTM IS developing a 'new drivetrain system' for 'urban mobility scenarios’, according to the firm's annual report.

The report, which also confirms imminent new models including a 'revolutionary' parallel-twin and Husqvarna's Vitpilen range, says the firm spent some of the last year working on a ‘model equipped with an alternative drivetrain system to meet the requirements of urban mobility scenarios’.

The document says the project is only at the concept development stage and gives no further clue as to when we might see this bike or what the alternative drivetrain could consist of.

But given KTM’s interest in electric bikes, there’s got to be strong money on the drivetrain being a battery (or perhaps fuel cell) powered one. The fact the new model in question is aimed specifically at an urban environment hints that it could be a scooter. And of course KTM has already developed something that fits both those criteria; the E-Speed electric scooter concept from 2013.

Initially the E-Speed was planned for production in 2015 but the firm dropped the idea around a year after the concept was first shown, deciding to concentrate on more core models instead. The fact it’s spent time and money in 2015 working on something with a similar urban, alternative-powered theme as the E-Speed could be a hint that either the original idea is being reworked or that something new, but following a similar direction, is on the cards.

The firm’s R&D department has also confirmed it’s working on ‘innovative lighting systems in LED technology to increase the level of safety and durability under extreme conditions’. Given that it’s recently been testing a new front-end design for the 1190 Adventure, with the headlights very carefully hidden, we suspect this could be the model that will debut this innovation, whatever it might turn out to be.
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