Design Concept of the Day: KTM E3W
August 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
This one’s got a pretty good chance of making it to the streets. Austrian bike-maker KTM, which also builds the hardcore X-Bow sportster, has come up with a plastic-bodied electric three-wheeler called, imaginatively enough, E3W. Designed in collaboration with the Austrian Institute of Technology and industrial design studio Kisha, it’s a 500kg lightweight with scissor-opening doors, one bike-like wheel behind and two up front. Motive force comes from a 20hp motor, with lithium-ion batteries giving a 100km range. KTM says it could be road-ready within two years; the E3W is perhaps a rival for the likes of the Renault Twizy and, indeed, the Audi urban concept revealed earlier this week. It will be displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month and KTM’s said to be looking for a partner to put it into production.