Stefan Pierer On KTM’s New Constructing And Extra



However you’re saying the bicycles are way more advanced than that?
For the bikes I management mainly the entire provide chain. Inside 5, six months I can react if one thing goes up or down. However for the bicycles it is one and half years later. Which is loopy.

Not for growth, however for precise manufacturing?
Yeah yeah, ordering the components, and it is one and half years and we should outline exactly the portions and specs and hopefully one and half years later you’re getting it proper in time. Secondly you’re constructing a product that hopefully the seller is definitely promoting. For my part it [the bicycle business] is an outdated enterprise construction, and now we’re doing a restructuring. We’re bringing again plenty of issues to Europe, now we have arrange an organization in Bulgaria. And you could do some parts within the USA. For suspension we all know the way it works, for certain we’re going into suspension. That isn’t confidential. I need to get nearer with SRAM in order that we are able to eliminate the Asian suppliers.

So you’re studying. With the bicycle facet there’s a protracted methods to go right here.
It is a studying curve. However we need to change into a world participant, meaning one billion gross sales globally.

For bicycles? One billion?
Only for bicycles. One billion in gross sales.

Wow. And is each bicycle you could have powered?
 I might say we’re 90% E-bike. We’ve taken over Felt (which additionally sells non-powered bicycles), and I feel now we have a really prestigious model, and now we have a pleasant bicycle program. And with Husqvarna and GasGas we’re simply doing E-bikes. As a result of you may add on to any motorbike seller community instantly over at GasGas or Husqvarna. The seller doesn’t have something to speculate, you simply put it in. And that’s the explanation that they prefer it, they usually have been pushing, saying “Hey, the others [bicycle brands] are coming into these dealerships, too, Specialised and others.” So we are saying, okay, we shut the door and we do it ourselves.

Do you suppose there can be a time sooner or later the place we’re like “I’m not certain if that’s an E-bicycle or an electrical motorbike?” There’ll all the time be distinct ones, however I nearly really feel like we’re going to see one thing within the center, that’s a bit of each.
Why does it work on an E-bicycle? As a result of you could have a really small battery perhaps 700-800 watt hours. So, you could have the house to place it, though the body appears to be like a bit bit massive. And you’ve got a hybrid, even when the battery is operating out you continue to pedal. And that’s the explanation we determined to step in [to electric motorcycles] for youths bikes and for younger prospects. So, we’re promoting hundreds of them as a result of now we have a small battery, and the mileage is just not an important. The most important problem for greater motors [full size motorcycles] is you don’t have the house. The power density of 1 liter of gasoline in comparison with the battery means you could have ten instances the scale and weight. How does it work for a 10-liter tank? What are you doing with a 100 kilo [220 pound] battery? The place are you placing that? However for a children bike it is [a small battery] sufficient.

So there are vital technical challenges to make a full-size motorbike that you might experience for an hour.
It is roughly an area concern, it isn’t a technical factor. If you’re taking a look at an journey bike with a 20-liter tank, it isn’t attainable. With the present battery know-how, it isn’t attainable. You may go as much as 125cc meaning 11 kilowatts, that works. And on a scooter that works as properly as a result of you need to house for helmets, you can refill with batteries. However on an off-road bike the place do you set it? You need to win, and to do this you need to race 25 or half-hour plus two laps. I doesn’t work. It is quite simple.

So till battery know-how has an enormous breakthrough you may solely accomplish that a lot.
Solely to 125. And you should use it with low voltage, 48 Watt. Meaning there’s no restrictions for supply and warehousing [the product]. If there may be extra [voltage] than that, then it is excessive voltage and you need to inform the seller you could have some restrictions on safety as a result of it is harmful.

And does that impact charging time you probably have excessive voltage?
For certain it is [charging time with high voltage] faster, however with the entire disadvantages [on shipping and other restrictions with that voltage]. We’re the pioneer in electrical mobility, we began in 2013 with our Freeride electrical bike, with a excessive voltage idea. Perhaps you could have learn from Ford they’ve introduced now they’re dropping cash on the electrical automobiles. We did the identical. It took ten years. With the small batteries [like mini motorcycles and e-bicycles] we handle, however with the large bikes it isn’t [there]. After which the seller has to have a particular warehousing system that prices them some huge cash. Secondly the logistics [of battery power] are very, very tough. And even on the manufacturing you need to have some restrictions.

So the 450 type bike is just not prepared?
Technically it is good however you don’t have the length for a race. And you probably have buyers with silly cash, okay, somebody is masking your loss. However I’m an entrepreneur, I need to earn cash. Each month I’ve to pay salaries and wages.

So can’t sink that cash into batteries?
No, and why ought to I ship it to China or wherever? It is common sense.

The battery is simply not there but. It doesn’t matter what else you engineer round that battery.
When you’ve got a automotive the place you could have house on the underside so as to add on 100 kilo of battery it really works. However someone has to pay the invoice! So for me I might say that electrical mobility is for brief distances. City mobility is ideal, and if you’re going longer distances [with electric], that is kind of for rich and wealthy folks. In order that’s it. Simply preserve it like it’s.