This an article about how you can charge the KTM Freeride E-XC in the USA
KTM is headquartered in Europe, Austria to be exact. When KTM built the KTM Freeride they released more units in Europe and only did a small pilot program in the USA.
I am no electrician but I do know that Europe’s power grid is different than what we have in the USA. The plugs are different and so is the voltage.
Whenever you travel to Europe you also find out that each country typically has its own plug system and voltage as well. This leaves you with a bag of different plugs in order to charge your stuff.
When we purchased our 2020 KTM Freeride E-XC we weren’t 100% sure how to charge it.
So, we turned to the internet.
Turns out there really isn’t any good information on how to charge the Freeride here in America. We spent time watching YouTube, reading on forums, and talking to the dealership that sold us the 2020 Freeride.
In this article we talk about what we have learned about charging the KTm Freeride E-XC. If you want to see a review of the 2020 KTM Freeride E-XC -> CLICK HERE
How to charge KTM Electric dirt bike in the USA
- Make sure you COMPLETELY run the KTM battery pack out of power before charging for the first time
- The Charge pack requires 220 Volt
- KTM provides 220v L6-20 plug
- The L6-20 plug is not standard in USA
- The charger will not use 110v
*** NOTE: It’s worth mentioning again. KTM recommends that you run the battery completely out before charging it for the very first time. This is mentioned in the 2020 KTM Freeride E-XC owners manual and also the dealership confirmed this information.
Step By Step on How to Charge the KTM Electric Dirt Bike in the USA
1. Make sure Battery is completely dead
2. Plug the KTM provided charger into the KTM PowerPack
3. Then make sure KTM charger is set to Fast or normal charge speed
4. Make sure the Switch on the KTM charger cord is set to off
5. Plug the KTM charger into 220v outlet
KTM does not provide a standard plug that will easily plug into a 220v that we have here in the USA. This is a problem that I am not quite sure why KTM didn’t go a little further and provide us with a cable that would work here in the states.
The plug you get is an L6-20 Plug. At first, I had seen a plug like this and tried to find one at the local hardware stores and RV camper store. There are larger L6-30 versions that plug into let’s say a generator.
They provided KTM L6-20 is a male so we needed an L6-20 female that would adapt to a 220v dryer 4 prong plug.
This led to lots and lots of research online. Finally, I found an Adapter Cord NEMA 14-30P Male to L6-20R Female, 20A, 250V.
Parkworld Adapter Cord NEMA 14-30P Male to L6-20R Female
This is the cord I purchased to see if it would work and we would be able to charge the KTM Freeride E-XC with our standard dryer outlet.
Below is the link to the Amazon listing where I purchased this adaptor from.
Now, the question everyone is wondering…
Does the Adapter charge the 2020 KTM Freeride E-XC?
Once this arrived from amazon it was time to try it out. L6-20 Female to NEMA 14-30. The female L6-20 plugged into the KTM provided plug adapter for the Freeride battery charger.
Once I followed the 5 steps that I mentioned above, I plugged the charger in to see if it would work. I got power….and no errors.
IT WORKED! we were able to charge the KTM Freeride electric dirt bike in the USA
I chose to keep the charging setting to normal. You do have the option to do a fast charge or normal charge. KTM claims in the owner’s manual that the FAST charge setting will charge the KTM Powerpack HV in 105 minutes. The normal charge setting will charge the KTM Powerpack HV in 135 minutes.
The charging will start automatically.
In charge mode Fast, a steady current of at least 13 A is required.
In charge mode Normal, a steady current of at least 10 A is required.
On the KTM Charger, you have LEDs that show the charging level of the powerpack HV.
- LED 1 = 20%
- LED 2 = 40%
- LED 3 = 60%
- LED 4 = 80%
- LED 5 = Flashes with around 95%-100%
What to do once the 2020 KTM Freeride E-XC battery is fully charged
- Turn off the switch on the battery charger cable
- Disconnect the charging cable from the power outlet
- Disconnect the charging cable from the Powerpack HV
Once the KTM Powerpack HV is fully charged you need to first turn off the switch on the battery charger cable. Once you turn the switch off disconnect the charging cable from the power outlet. Then disconnect the charging cable from the KTM Powerpack HV battery.
Long Term 2020 KTM Freeride E-XC battery storage and charging
KTM recommends that before you decide to use the storage charging option that you need to run the KTM powerpack HV battery down below 30%.
This is recommended in the owner’s manual.
What have we learned about charging the KTM Freeride Electric Dirt Bike in the USA?
- You cannot use standard 110v it has to be 220v
- The provided plug does not work with USA plugs
- You can get an adapter L6-20 F to 14-30 M
- There are 2 batteries the Powerpack HV and a small 12v battery.
- If you take the Powerpack HV out to charge it will not charge the 12v
- Make sure you follow the process to connect and charge the Powerpack HV