The electric powered trend in motorcycling continues with the announcement of two new motorcycles from major manufacturers. On Tuesday, KTM and Husqvarna debuted their electric bikes that are designed to mimic the 50cc mini range that the European brands currently dominate, with the KTM SX-E 5 and the Husqvarna EE5. The bikes were initially announced by KTM in 2017 and at the time was said to be the next step for the brand as it seeks out young riders, but that it would not be a complete replacement for the traditional internal combustion engine.
It’s clear that both bikes that design and engineering cues from the 50cc range, thanks to the WP XACT 35 air-sprung front forks, frame design, body work, and various components. What sets both bikes apart is the 5 kW peak performance electric motor and 84 modern Lithium-Ion cell battery pack, as the motor will have no emission, little noise, and reduced maintenance, a big departure from the current routine needed for the high-performance 50 SX and 50 TC.
The claimed runtime for the motor and battery pack depends on the rider’s skill level. KTM and Husqvarna state that a beginner level rider can expect up to two hours of runtime, while more experienced and faster riders could run the pack down in twenty-five minutes. A full recharge for the pack can be done in as quickly as one hour when connected to a 25 A outlet.
Retail price for both bikes was not included in the initial press release, but KTM says the SX-E 5 will be in dealerships by Fall 2019 while the Husqvarna will hit the market in 2020.
The press releases for both bikes, including technical details, are posted below.
The EE 5 is Husqvarna Motorcycles' first step in electric mobility and draws on the brand's rich motocross history combined with modern, pioneering technology. 5 represents the kilowatt output and while CC refers to cubic centimeters on fuel-driven bikes, EE stands for 'Electric Engine' on this model. It is a fully-fledged competition machine that capably rivals its 50 cc fuel-powered counterparts, offering more for young riders starting out in the world of dirt biking. Fully adaptable and adjustable, it is an easy to use motorcycle with the ability to evolve with a rider as he grows in size and ability. It features the latest high-quality componentry and a design that clearly identifies with Husqvarna Motorcycles' values. Apart from being environmentally friendly, the low noise emission makes the motorcycle less intimidating to younger riders and offers the possibility to learn in the comfort of a familiar environment, like home.
State-of-the-art electric motor with 5 kW peak performance
6 different ride modes, easy to select
907 Wh lithium-ion battery
High-end chassis with race-proven technology
Modern, Swedish inspired design
Ergonomic bodywork & adjustable seat height
WP suspension – XACT air fork and a WP rear shock – for advanced performance and control
The permanent magnet electric motor features an advanced design and excellent reliability. Producing a peak power of 5 kW, the motor is powered by 84 Li-Ion cells, which provide a capacity of 907 Wh in a low 48 V configuration.
An intelligent, state-of-the-art control unit is integrated within the package and guarantees a spontaneous, but controllable power delivery. The use of an electric motor means there is one permanent drive, eliminating the need for a clutch or gearbox. This results in a simple and uncomplicated riding experience for young riders.
Producing a peak power of 5 kW, the permanent magnet motor features an extremely compact and slim design that is well suited to the smaller chassis. Due to its dust and waterproof layout the air-cooled motor is wear and maintenance-free. The integrated control unit (ECU) guarantees a direct, but very controllable power delivery.
The EE 5 is fitted with 84 modern lithium-ion cells, in a robust die-cast aluminium casing mounted just above the motor. The stored energy is 907 Wh, enough for more than two hours of riding for a beginner and 25 minutes for the fastest riders, depending on the terrain and conditions.
The integrated battery management system (BMS) ensures the safety and longevity of the battery pack.
Multifunctional instrument panel
A multi-functional instrument panel located between the steering head and seat allows the user to select six different ride modes, with different power characteristics available to suit pure beginners and experienced racers alike. In addition, the instrument panel displays the remaining charge of the battery.
The external worldwide charger supplying up to 900 W can be connected to any 110 or 230 Volt socket and plugs directly into the battery pack for easy charging.
Charging time 45 minutes (80%)
Charging time 70 minutes (100%)
The EE 5 is fitted with a roll-over sensor kill-switch that cuts off the power when needed. A lanyard attached between the rider's wrist and the kill switch stops the motor when removed, or in the event of an unexpected fall by the rider. The ride modes can be saved with a dongle located below the seat, which prevents younger riders from changing to more powerful ride modes on their own.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS – CHASSIS
The bodywork of the EE 5 is modelled on the successful full-size motocross range. This allows smaller riders to experience the same ergonomic feelings, instilling confidence and comfort in all riding conditions. Additionally, the ergonomics and comfort allow riders to perform at their peak for extended periods of time.
The high strength chromoly steel frame is slightly adapted to house the electric drivetrain and integrates carefully calculated parameters of longitudinal flex and torsional rigidity to benefit handling and suspension functionality. It guarantees easy handling and precise cornering, along with outstanding stability.
Featuring the latest in suspension technology, the EE 5 is fitted with the revolutionary WP XACT forks. Besides being very light weight, the 35 mm USD air forks feature exceptional damping and comfort characteristics, allowing the rider to push their limits with complete confidence.
With 205 mm of wheel travel, the air unit in the left fork leg can also be adjusted easily with the use of an air pump. This allows for quick adjustment due to rider preferences, weight or track conditions.
Linked directly to the swingarm, the WP monoshock is matched perfectly to the front forks for the very best balance and damping characteristics. Additionally, the rear shock offers 185 mm of suspension travel, is fully adjustable and can be tailored to rider preferences or track conditions.
Featuring the same level of technology offered on the full-size motocross range, the EE 5 is fitted with hydraulically operated brake callipers and waved front and rear brake discs. The system ensures advanced brake feeling and stopping performance in all conditions.
Mirroring the full-size motocross range, the EE 5 uses lightweight, black anodised, aluminium rims that provide the highest levels of strength and reliability. The standard MAXXIS tyres ensure progressive grip on a variety of different terrain.
The EE 5 allows the seat height to be adjusted at multiple levels. The standard model comes with a seat height of 698 mm, which can be easily reduced in two steps to 653 mm. This is done by lowering the bodywork/seat and then mounting the rear shock in an alternative position, together with lowering the front forks in the triple clamps.
In addition, with a Suspension Lowering Kit from the Husqvarna Motorcycles Accessories catalogue, the suspension units can be further lowered for a minimum seat height of just 556 mm, which accommodates four-year-old riders, or even younger.
The tapered NEKEN handlebars are made of high-quality aluminium alloy for strength and safety. From a central diameter of 28 mm to 18 mm at the ends, the bars are fitted with a lock-on ODI left side grip, while a newly developed throttle assembly for the electronic drive, with a volcanized ODI grip, is mounted on the right side. The thinner diameter of both grips increases control and reduces fatigue for younger riders with smaller hands. A new handlebar pad offers chest protection.
Modelled on the full-size motocross bikes, the EE 5 features striking and modern graphics in white and yellow, with light blue to differentiate its electric drive. Additionally, the graphics are applied using an in-mould process to ensure the best durability and quality.
The newly developed KTM SX-E 5 is the next step in KTM's innovative line-up. Combining class-leading knowledge in youth motorcycling with years of development work in the e-sector, the KTM SX-E 5 is based on the incredibly popular 2-stroke KTM 50 SX with a high-end chassis powered by an electric motor. The mission was clear: to create an ultra-competitive machine that is also easy to ride, even for pure beginners. The KTM SX-E 5 enjoys the advantage of zero emissions, low noise and minimal maintenance, which makes it ideal for youngsters looking to make the first step into the world of motorcycling and thanks to its dynamic design, it is ideal for the growing rider with its adjustable seat height. The KTM PowerPack can provide more than two hours of riding for a beginner – or 25 minutes for the faster junior racers – and with its external worldwide charger, full power is restored in approximately one hour.
2020 KTM SX-E 5 Highlights
State-of-the-art electric motor with 5 kW peak performance, featuring an extremely compact and slim design that is well suited to the smaller chassis.
Due to its dust and waterproof layout, the air-cooled motor is wear- and maintenance-free.
Fitted with 84 modern Lithium-Ion cells in a robust die-cast aluminum casing mounted just above the motor, the battery offers enough stored energy for more than two hours of riding for a beginner and 25 minutes for the fastest riders, depending on riding conditions.
Adjustable seat height can be set at the standard 698 mm (completely rebounded) or it can be easily reduced in two steps to 653 mm. A Suspension Lowering Kit from the accessories line can further lower the seat height to just 556 mm.
Easy-to-use multifunctional instrument panel allows selection between 6 different ride modes to tailor the power characteristics to any ability level.
Quick-charging external worldwide charger supplying up to 900 W can be connected to any 110- or 230-Volt socket and plugs directly into the battery back.
A lanyard attached between the rider's wrist and the kill switch stops the motor when removed, or in the event of an unexpected fall by the rider.
Ride modes can be saved by a dongle mounted under the seat to prevent young riders from changing the selected mode.
WP XACT 35 air-sprung fork is ultra-lightweight and easily adjustable for different rider sizes and track conditions.
Fully-adjustable XACT PDS rear suspension to match the performance of the WP fork.
Bodywork that mimics the full-size SX-F line that gives the SX-E 5 a slim profile for excellent ergonomics and handling.
Front and rear hydraulic brakes by Formula combined with lightweight WAVE discs are powerful with feedback that gives control for any skill level.
Super lightweight, black anodized aluminum rims are matched to MAXXIS tires for maximum grip.
Electric Motor: 48 V – BLDC Motor with Outer Rotor
Rated Output: 2 kW / 3,200 RPM
Max Power: 5 kW / 3,750 RPM
Torque: 13.8 Nm from 0 RPM
Max Motor Speed: 6,000 RPM
Final Drive: 8:46
Cooling: Air Cooled
Battery: Lithium-Ion KTM
Capacity: 907 Wh
Charging Time 100%: 70 minutes at 25 A
Charging Time 80%: 45 minutes at 25 A
Charging Rate: Quick Charging 5 A 230 V~
Charging Power: 900 W
Frame: Double Grinded Central Double-Cradle-Type Frame
Subframe: Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastic
Handlebar: Tapered Aluminum Ø 28/22/18 mm
Front Suspension: WP XACT 35 USD Ø 35 mm
Rear Suspension: WP XACT PDS Monoshock
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 205 mm / 8.07 in; 185 mm / 7.28 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 160 mm / 160 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.50 x 12" / 1.60 x 10" Aluminum
Front/Rear Tires: 60/100 x 12" / 2.75 x 10"
Chain: 1/2 x 3/16 in
Steering Head Angle: 24º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,032 mm ± 10 mm / 40.6 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 252 mm / 9.92 in
Seat Height: 684 mm / 26.9 in
Weight, Approx: 40.5 kg / 89.3 lbs