Bajaj Auto and KTM will work together to introduce new electric models that will include electric scooters, electric bicycles and electric mopeds.
According to a report in moneycontrol.com, Pierer Mobility Group (earlier known as KTM Industries) is working on a multi-product project to develop a wide range of electric vehicles with a power range between 3 kW and 10 kW. The new platform will be used to build different products including scooters, mopeds and motorized bi-cycles. The commercial production of these electric two-wheelers is expected to begin in 2022 at Bajaj’s Pune plant. KTM had showcased the E-Speed electric scooter concept at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013 but did not put it into production.
When addressing the share holders, Stefen Pierer, Chairman of the executive board, Pierer Mobility Group, has said that the various products in the electric scooter segment will be developed as part of the Powered Two-Wheeler project in the 48V low voltage range and will be produced from 2022 under both Bajaj and KTM brands.
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Apart from the low power electric two-wheelers, Bajaj and KTM will also work on high-power electric motorcycles, which could entail successors for the KTM SX-E 5 and Husqvarna EE 5, off-road bikes that are not intended for road use. Both the brands have grown in numbers and have mutually benefited ever since their partnership from 2007 and have developed many performance motorcycles for the sub-400 cc segment that have emerged best-sellers. The alliance recently moved the entire production of the entry-level Husqvarna motorcycles to Pune and has started the sales of Husqvarna Vitpilen 250 and Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 motorcycles, both priced at Rs 1.80 lakh ex-showroom.
Performance variant on the Bajaj Chetak platform already confirmed
Bajaj will start exporting its Chetak electric scooter to Europe through KTM, though the company initially said no to export orders to focus on the domestic market. The Chetak was launched in January 2020 and the deliveries have already begun in Bangalore and Pune. Bajaj has confirmed that it is working on other models of Chetak that could include a performance-oriented version with more power and acceleration that could be sold as a Husqvarna. Bajaj is also developing a low-cost electric scooter for shared mobility startup, Yulu, that is expected to be priced at Rs 35,000, to bring down the cost of the last-mile delivery service.