Scope of electric mobility seems 'highly overrated', says KTM head

Sports bike maker KTM is not confident of the capability of electric vehicles beyond a point and feels that optimism on this front is "highly overrated". The swiss bike maker, which claims to be the world's No 1 premium motorbike brand, sells tens of hundreds of e-bikes in Europe but is not confident of the capability of electric vehicles.

By: HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 22 Jan 2023, 16:20 PM
Follow us on:
Follow us on:
KTM 1290 Super Adventure
KTM 1290 Super Adventure
KTM 1290 Super Adventure
KTM 1290 Super Adventure

The company is majorly into high-end racing bikes, has a 50.1:49.9 manufacturing JV with Bajaj Auto, and will also be selling the electric model of the new Chetak scooters from the Bajaj stable in Europe from the first quarter of 2024. The chief executive of Pierer Mobility that owns the KTM brand, told PTI that the whole concept of electric vehicle mobility is highly overrated. "It's the result of mixing the laws of physics incorrectly and also by mis-reading the laws of energy."

Also Read : KTM to sell Bajaj's Chetak electric scooters in Europe from next year

He added that it isn't easy to tell and convince the politicians about the sheer impracticality of attempting to make high-end EV bikes, adding that it needs 10x more storage space in the EV segment to generate energy that one litre of gasoline can produce.

Similar Products

Find more Cars
Ktm 390 Duke (HT Auto photo)
373.2 cc
₹2.9 Lakhs***Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Ktm 490 Duke (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
₹3.5 Lakhs *Expected Price
View Details
Ktm 200 Duke (HT Auto photo)
199.5 cc
₹1.76 - 1.87 Lakhs***Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Ktm Rc 125 (HT Auto photo)
124.7 cc
₹1.59 - 1.82 Lakhs***Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Ktm Rc 200 (HT Auto photo)
199.5 cc
₹2 - 2.1 Lakhs***Ex-showroom price
Add to compare
Check latest offers
Ktm 2022 390 Duke (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
₹2.7 Lakhs *Expected Price
View Details

He explained that a bike is a highly space crunched product, and it is difficult to expect it to carry 600-700 kg of batteries. For the same reason, he said, it is not possible for sports or high-end bikes to run on electricity.

He also said that it is not feasible for high-powered bikes to run on electric engines. This is because the weight of the battery required to generate equivalent power of a gasoline engine would be too high. Another factor that he highlighted is that EVs are of exorbitantly high cost. Prices of lithium-ion battery components have soared five-six times in the recent past as a result of the higher demand and government push to switch to electric mobility. But it is not easy to drive these points to politicians, he added.

First Published Date: 22 Jan 2023, 16:13 PM IST
Recommended for you
View all
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS
Shopping Bag Shop Now
55% OFF
SOFTSPUN Microfiber Cloth - 4 pcs - 40x40 cms - 340 GSM Grey- Thick Lint & Streak-Free Multipurpose Cloths - Automotive Microfibre Towels for Car Bike Cleaning Polishing Washing & Detailing
Rs. 269 Rs. 604
73% OFF
pTron Bullet Pro 36W PD Quick Charger, 3 Port Fast Car Charger Adapter - Compatible with All Smartphones & Tablets (Black)
Rs. 349 Rs. 1,299
20% OFF
Involve Your Senses One Musk Organic Car Perfume Bar, Involve Your Senses Strong Fiber Air Freshener to Freshen'up Your Car - IONE01-40 g Car Accessories interior car perfumes and fresheners
Rs. 320 Rs. 399
65% OFF
ELV Car Mount Adjustable Car Phone Holder Universal Long Arm, Windshield for Smartphones - Black
Rs. 349 Rs. 999
14% OFF
Jopasu Car Duster
Rs. 749 Rs. 869
9% OFF
ShineXPro Microfiber Car Cleaning Cloth - OG Soft 500 GSM Extra Large (35x75 cm) Microfiber Cloth for Car and Bike - Suede Edging for Scratchless Drying and Detailing (Pack of 2)
Rs. 499 Rs. 549
7% OFF
Pidilite WD-40, Multipurpose Car care Spray, 420ml Rust Remover, Lubricant, Stain Remover, Powerful Chimney Cleaner, Degreaser, and Bike Chain Cleaner & Chain Lube (341g)
Rs. 347 Rs. 375
68% OFF
ORJILO Super Soft Microfiber Car Duster Exterior with Extendable Handle, Car Brush Duster for Car Cleaning Dusting - Grey
Rs. 319 Rs. 999
65% OFF
Portronics AUTO 12 in-Car Bluetooth Receiver for Handsfree Calling, Music System, Supports All Smartphones (Black)
Rs. 529 Rs. 1,499
28% OFF
Pidilite WD 40, 170 G Multipurpose Spray for Auto Maintenance, Rust Remover, Lubricant, Loosens Stuck & Rust Parts, Removes Stain & Sticky Residue, Descaling, All purpose Protectant & Cleaning Agent
Rs. 166 Rs. 230

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city
Choose city
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy

Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city