Electric Husqvarna E-01 scooter and E-Pilen bike in the works, to be manufactured in India
Electric is the buzz word, as almost every automobile manufacturer in the world is developing an EV. This has a lot of relevance to India as the Government has set a deadline of 2030 where it wants 40 per cent of the vehicles sold to be electric. Swedish brand Husqvarna is working on two electric offerings, that will go on production in 2022. This update has been released in an investor presentation. What makes it an important update is that both these electric Husqvarnas will be manufactured at the Bajaj Auto plant in Chakan, Maharashtra.
Husqvarna E-Pilen electric bike
The details that have surfaced in the investor document reveals the E-Pilen naming. Going by the company's naming nomenclature of dividing the cafe racer and the urban scrambler into Vitpilen and Svartpilen, the pilen (Swedish for arrow) suffix will be seen on all the series production offerings. The E-Pilen, which will translate to an electric arrow will mark the third vertical of two-wheelers. The document also mentions the two powertrains that will be offered on the E-Pilen, a 4kW electric motor and a 10kW electric motor, which will power the entry-spec and the premium variants of the EV. This platform will also be shared with KTM and Bajaj.
In terms of styling, a sketch of the E-Pilen in the document highlights the combination of different elements from both Svartpilen and the Vitpilen, which include knuckle guards, rear-set footpegs, luggage rack on the tank and the compact tank design, which could hold the battery unit. Distinguishing itself from its IC siblings will be the fluorescent highlights on the entire design. The suspension setup could be from WP with USD forks in the front and mono-shock in the rear, both of which will be manufactured in India. The underpinnings will be a Trellis frame, which should ensure lightweight construction and engaging handling. Here's our detailed first ride review of the Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitpilen 250.
Husqvarna E-01 electric scooter
The upcoming Husqvarna E-01 electric scooter will be based on the Bajaj Chetak. This is an obvious fact as Rajiv Bajaj, during the official unveiling of the Chetak electric scooter, had mentioned how eager Stefan Pierer was about the Chetak's platform, that will also take shape of an electric KTM scooter as well. Going by the sketch illustrated in the investor document, the Husqvarna E-01 could carry the edgy design language that has been on its production motorcycles.
The basic frame and the battery position of being nestled between the frame for better weight management in the Bajaj Chetak electric could be carried over in the same form on the E-01. The image also shows a similar arrangement of trailing link front suspension and a single-sided unit for the rear, exposing the wheels. The electric scooter will be powered by a 4kW unit only. Going by Chetak's claimed full-charge riding range of 95km, the E-01's claim could be in a similar ballpark. However, what could change in the E-01 is the features list, which could include more modern instrumentation and dual-channel ABS. Here's a quick look at our detailed Bajaj Chetak electric first ride experience.
Considering that toth these offerings will be manufactured at the Bajaj Auto's plant in Chakan, both the electric offerings will be sold in India as well. The time frame for that could be announced in these two years. In addition to catering to the domestic markets, both these products will be exported to the European markets which have a strong demand for EVs
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