KTM CEO does not see a great future for e-mobility in the motorcycle sector

KTM CEO does not see a great future for e-mobility in the motorcycle sector-motorcycle

When Stefan Pierer speaks up, the motor world listens. The CEO of the Austrian KTM Group, which includes Husqvarna, GasGas, Rieju and KTM, has made the brand Europe’s number one motorcycle manufacturer with a market share of around 12 percent, and rarely minces his words. He has clear ideas about electric mobility and synthetic fuels that sometimes deviate from the general trend. He said so recently in an interview with “speedweek.com” shown.

Pierer is not only CEO of the group, but also President of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), and thus a global representative of motorcycle manufacturers. In this function, he makes it clear that the motorcycle industry will not be electrified according to the watering can principle. Rather, “in contrast to the automotive industry, you would have a clear vision of how things will continue,” he says to the automotive industry. In his opinion, electric motorcycles only make sense up to class 1 (that’s 11 kW or 15 hp), i.e. up to 48-volt electrics. Anything beyond that would go in the direction of e-fuels, for which the manufacturers already have clear development plans.

This also applies to MotoGP. Organizer Dorna announced in November that they intend to use 40 percent ecological fuels by 2024 and 100 percent by 2027. First of all, experience should be gained in Moto3 and Moto2 before the premier class is switched. For a MotoGP bike that today covers the entire distance of a race with 20 liters of fuel, a 500 kg battery would be needed to achieve comparable performance and range. At least until 2035, Pierer therefore sees “no replacement for combustion engines in GP races”. Most of the spectators would also come because of the combustion engines.

Pierer unflatteringly describes electromobility as “nonsense promoted by politicians without scientific knowledge.Synthetic fuel would therefore be the solution, not the electric motor, to sustainably operate the millions of combustion vehicles that still exist. For example, he accuses the MotoE of false sustainability if the batteries in the paddock are charged with diesel generators. Ultimately, the production of an electric car would also require significantly more valuable raw materials than a conventional car. Pierer will probably no longer be a fan of comprehensive electromobility.

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2 thoughts on “KTM CEO does not see a great future for e-mobility in the motorcycle sector”

  1. I’ve been wondering for a long time what the point of such bullshit bingo is on a site whose job it is to provide information on the status of technical developments, i.e. on the topic. Is the rumination of a wannabe celebrity meandering in yesterday’s filter bubble information about electric mobility? INFORMATION, not conjecture?
    Or are the authors paid exclusively through the purely formal line fee, regardless of the substance? Other e-car magazines don’t need this kind of opinion-telling, except maybe Ecomento, which is even more annoying and is no longer on my reading list. elektroauto-news should be my next prank candidate. Goodbye dears.


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