It goes without saying that electrification is the way of the future. With more and more countries adopting increasingly stricter emission standards, it’s a sad notion to think that the good old internal combustion engine will soon be going the way of the dinosaurs. In fact, many mainstream manufacturers have set targets with regards to the total phase-out of gasoline-powered machines. Meanwhile, others continue to be hard at work in developing electric powertrains, as well as electric versions of existing platforms.
One such company that continues to invest heavily in the electric future is Husqvarna and KTM. We got wind of Husky’s plans of releasing an electric iteration of its popular naked street bike in the form of the E-Pilen. With details of this mid-sized electric two-wheeler coming to surface late last year, Pierer Mobility Group, the parent company of Husqvarna, is expected to launch the production-ready version of the E-Pilen soon, with the actual machine becoming available sometime in 2022.
Taking a closer look at what Husqvarna has in store for us with the upcoming E-Pilen, we find a jointly developed electric powertrain between KTM and Indian motorcycle giant Bajaj. This electric motor will consist of a 48V platform, and will be capable of producing anywhere between 4 to 11kW, or the equivalent of 5 to 15 horsepower, depending on the way it’s configured. We’re expecting the E-Pilen to produce around 15 horsepower, making it comparable with some of the entry-level 150cc naked bikes in the market today.
While other technical details concerning the Husqvarna E-Pilen have yet to be revealed, we do know that apart from the engine and batteries, Bajaj will also be assembling this bike in their factory in India. As is the case with most premium electric two-wheelers in the market today, we can expect the upcoming E-Pilen to be outfitted with loads of techie features such as a full-color TFT display and multiple ride modes.