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.
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.
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.
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