KTM introduces the E3W two-seat electric three-wheeler (PHOTO)
Chișinău / Moldova.ORG/ -- The KTM Company, known for its motorcycles and extreme X-Bow Roadster, was also imbued with a sense of responsibility towards the environment.
The Austrian manufacturer introduced an available three-wheeled electric vehicle prototype.
In order to create the electric vehicle, the KTM engineers have teamed up with the Austrian Institute of Technology. The resulting prototype, called the KTM E3W, received a double plastic body and opening up the door.
The use lightweight materials made possible holding the concept’s weight within 500 kg.
E3W is driven by a 20-horsepower electric motor, receiving energy from a set of lithium-ion batteries.
It is said that a full charge is enough to carry two passengers at a distance of about 100 km.
The KTM really rely on the market success of its new development, which may be available for sale in 2013.
It was promised that E3W will cost about five thousand euros (a bit over seven thousand dollars).
Thus, the Austrian development will create real competition for the French electric vehicle of similar layout - Renault Twizy, which prototype was showed back in 2009.
Austrians will have to hurry: the French electric car may be on sale later this year.