Husqvarna E-Pilen electric bike: What it’ll look like

Pierer Mobility has revealed that a new Husqvarna electric bike called the Husqvarna E-Pilen is in development. The company plans to launch it in the first market in 2022.

Pierer Mobility released a sketch of the Husqvarna E-Pilen to investors for a preview of its design. Apparently the new Husqvarna electric bike will have proportions similar to the Husqvarna Svartpilen and Husqvarna Vitpilen twins. However, it will carry some funky styling bits, which is typical of EVs, like splashes of green in the electrical compartment and four-spoke alloy wheels among others. That’s at least how the designers are portraying it in the provisional sketch. With assistance coming from designer Sreejith Krishnan K, we’ve represented the Husqvarna E-Pilen in a render.

The Husqvarna E-Pilen will arrive with a modular battery system. This means that customers will be able to swap its batteries. Theoretically, it would be possible to offer Battery as a Service (BaaS) subscription model to allow users the flexibility of purchasing the bike and subscribe to the usage of battery packs separately. The Indian government is now promoting EVs with swappable batteries.

Husqvarna will make its new electric bike with 4 kW and 10 kW motors. It is possible that the company plans to use the same 4 kW motor that Bajaj Auto employs in the Chetak electric scooter.

The usage of 4 kW and 10 kW motors suggest that this Husqvarna electric bike would be an economy model compared to other on-road Husqvarna bikes. The production of the entire range of budget on-road Husqvarna bikes, which includes the Vitpilen 250, Svartpilen 250, Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401, has been relocated to India now. In fact, the 250 cc models are being manufactured in India right from the beginning.

Husqvarna Electric Bike production & launch

Husqvarna E-Pilen electric bike side profile sketch
Pierer Mobility has not said that the manufacturing of the Husqvarna E-Pilen will take place in India. We’re positive that’s possible, though. Image: Sketch of the E-Pilen released by Pierer Mobility on its Investor presentation.

A new Husqvarna electric scooter based on the Chetak electric scooter’s platform is also in the making. Its manufacturing will take place alongside its platform-mate in India. Making the Husqvarna E-Pilen in India would give it a significant cost advantage (if the basic component set is kept common with the petrol bike) and also make the product more affordable for India, where the demand for electric bikes is likely to skyrocket in the near future and the Husqvarna brand is already showing potential.

If launched in India, the Husqvarna E-Pilen would compete (in price) with the likes of the Ultraviolette F77 and electric bikes from Royal Enfield and Jawa/Yezdi.

When will Husqvarna E-Pilen launch in India take place?

Pierer Mobility hasn’t confirmed the Husqvarna E-Pilen for India. However, 2022 should be the year of the electric bike.

What will be the Husqvarna E-Pilen price in India?

The base Husqvarna E-Pilen with 4 kW motor may cost between INR 2-3 lakh (ex-showroom).