When it comes to innovation and rapid product development, the KTM group is hardly ever one to disappoint. Just a couple of days ago, KTM Philippines began rolling out the Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen across dealerships in the country. Priced extremely competitively, these bikes now add to the company’s already impressive fleet of bikes in the local market.
Moving over to the global scene, however, Husqvarna is at it again, this time in the electric motorcycle segment. A couple of months ago, the Swedish company confirmed that an electric street bike dubbed the E-Pilen was in the works. At the time, not much was known about this potentially revolutionary machine. However, additional details have surfaced. Stefan Pierer, CEO of Pierer Industries AG — Husqvarna’s parang company — confirmed that KTM and Bajaj are currently working together to develop electric powertrains for multiple platforms. For instance, the 4kW motor found on the Bajaj Chetak is quite possibly what could power the upcoming KTM electric scooter.
The Husqvarna E-Pilen, on the other hand, gets a more powerful and punchy 48V 15kW motor. This translates to around 20 hp—making the E-Pilen a pretty zippy machine similar to the KTM 200 Duke, albeit with a much more torquey response. Previously, Husqvarna had mentioned that it was considering using a more powerful, high voltage powertrain for the E-Pilen. However, it turned out this would raise the bike’s production cost, and end up with a motorcycle that’s way too expensive.
As far as design is concerned, the Husqvarna E-Pilen bears near-identical styling with the Vitpilen 401. Although the dimensions of the actual bike have yet to be revealed, chances are it will also be of a similar scale as the Vitpilen. The rough sketches of the bike indicate that the bike will come with four-spoke alloy wheels, handguards, and a side-mounted rear mono-shock. Husqvarna states that the E-Pilen could begin rolling out by 2022.