Husqvarna E-Pilen electric bike to get a 15 kW ‘powerpack’

In the development of the Husqvarna E-Pilen electric bike, travel range could be as much of focus as performance for engineers. Recently, in an interview with motoringworld.in, Stefan Pierer, CEO, Pierer Mobility, provided details on the specifications of the product.

Speaking about entry-level Husqvarna electric bikes equivalent of 50-125 cc ICE bikes, Pierer said that customers expect “huge mileage” on such bikes, and so, offering high-voltage battery packs with high energy density would mean losing profitability. Now, the company has recognised a low-voltage 48V 15 kW ‘powerpack’ as a commercially feasible solution, he added. 

Initially we assumed that Pierer was referring to the output of the motor (which is in ‘kW’ unit) which could still be the case, but confusingly ‘Powerpack’ is the marketing name of the detachable battery used on KTM’s current electric motorcycle, the Freeride. We don’t believe that a motorcycle the size of the e-Pilen would need a 15 kWh battery as that would make it needlessly heavy and expensive, but we’re hoping for a clarification in his next media interaction.

Pierer Mobility had revealed in September 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.

Last month, a report from moneycontrol.com said that KTM and Husqvarna are working on e-bikes in the power range of 3 & 10 kW (48V system) that will be made at the company’s plant in Chakan, Maharashtra. It stated that the platform would support multiple products for both brands. One of these models should be the Husqvarna E-Pilen. The report concluded that the E-Pilen would be ready for its launch in 2022 and that the Chakan plant’s capacity would be expanded to 200,000 units (from 108,000 units) that year.

The report insinuated that the Husqvarna electric scooter & motorcycle would be made in India. Bajaj Auto and Pierer Mobility are yet to confirm manufacturing plans.

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.

This year 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 likely have a modular battery system. This means that customers will be able to swap its batteries. Theoretically, it would be possible to offer a 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, permitting the sale of electric two-wheelers without the battery.

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

A new Husqvarna electric scooter based on the Chetak electric scooter’s platform is 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).