Husqvarna’s talking about launching a small capacity electric scooter next year, before following it up with two variants of the E-Pilen in 2022.

KTM’s been working on electric bikes for a while. Back in 2014 it launched its Freeride E, and this year it launched the SX-E mini-bike. So it’s not a surprise that its Swedish-Austrian counterpart is planning for the release of at least two new electric machines.

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From what we’ve heard, the scooter will make it to the market first – before the E-Pilen makes it to market in 2022. The news comes after Husqvarna shared an internal document which revealed some of the key details, in addition to a concept sketch, of the E-Pilen electric motorcycle.

The document shows the E-Pilen listed under the ‘Performance and Urban E-Mobility” category – and confirms it will be based around a modular battery system. It also reveals that the E-Pilen will be available with two motor options – 4 kW (5.4hp) and 10 kW (13.5 hp). That means they are aimed squarely at the learner and commuter market.

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From a design perspective the E-Pilen looks to similar to the Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 – and that means it’ll make use of similar equipment too. It’ll get a a pair of WP USD forks at the front and a WP monoshock at the rear. And looking at the concept drawing, it’ll also get four-spoke alloy wheels, knuckle guards, and steel-braided brake lines.

Interestingly, production of the bike will be focused at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan factory in India. That’s another indication of the entry-level aspirations of the bike. No news yet on price or availability – but chances are it’ll get an Indian launch before it makes it over here. Chances are, more information will be revealed very shortly. We’ll keep you in the loop.

Ross Mowbray

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