Pierer Mobility has postponed the launch of the Husqvarna electric scooter. The Chetak platform-based Husqvarna scooter will go on sale in the first market, a European country, in 2022. Previously, the company planned to launch the electric scooter this year, and while there is no explanation given for the delay, the disruption brought forth by the Coronavirus last year and the global shortage of chips (semiconductors) could have affected the timeline.
Electric scooter market outlook
Pierer Mobility estimates the European region to be a $10 billion market for electric two-wheelers in 2025. We expect the Husqvarna E-Scooter’s design and specifications to be influenced by the needs and preferences of European customers. This model will be an L3e-A1 category EV as per EU regulations, and so, its power and power-to-weight ratio won’t exceed 11 kW and 0.1 kW/kg, respectively.
Pierer Mobility says that short distance mobility share is forecast to grow from 5-10% to 20-30% by 2030 in urban cities like Munich, Germany. It says that existing European motorcycle & scooter market in the 50 to 125cc category will become 50% electric in the low voltage range on short distance by 2030. The Husqvarna electric scooter marks the first step of the brand to capitalize on this growth.
Urban E-Mobility strategy
During the conclusion of the Chetak electric Yatra in Pune in November 2019, Bajaj Auto MD Rajiv Bajaj told the media that the Bajaj Chetak platform would spawn a performance variant which would come as KTM and Husqvarna. That was the first indication of a platform synergy, and Pierer Mobility, within a few weeks, on an investor document, confirmed the development of a common 48 V electric two-wheeler platform for planned mass production in India. Top boss Stefan Pierer more recently confirmed in a media interaction that the Husqvarna product development on the Chetak platform was on.
The brand with Swedish roots, under the ‘Urban E-Mobility strategy’ is working towards introducing the electric scooter and aims to be a pioneer in the PTW segment (Powered Two Wheeler segment).
The Bajaj Chetak with its cost-effective powertrain is aimed at economy buyers, although it’s still expensive compared to low-speed products or ICE-powered scooters. While it has a chic design that gives it a Classic character, the Husqvarna e scooter will carry a distinctive design that is quite funky, with young customers being the primary target. Our exclusive rendering, with assistance from Sreejith Krishnan, previews the look of the new city model. Like with Husqvarna motorcycles, design agency KISKA should lead the project.
Husqvarna electric scooter design & styling
The Husqvarna scooter features a two-tone white-black bodypaint with small fluorescent green stripes on the front apron and grab handles. Grey wheels, signature round LED headlamps, tall windshield and thin LED turn indicators are some signature Husqvarna design touches that we believe would not miss out.
Husqvarna electric scooter features & specifications
The Chetak electric scooter’s motor generates 4 kW and 16 Nm of torque. The Husqvarna electric scooter is expected with the same electric motor and its air-cooled battery pack, an IP67-rated 3 kWh unit. The initial plan was to offer a 10 kW motor as well in this model, but looks like Husqvarna would stick with a lower output to achieve a competitive price.
The Chetak’s premium cousin has a very different design language with sleek body panels and disc brakes at both ends while features like DRLs, an all-digital console, mobile phone connectivity and LED lighting are expected additions, at least on the top-end models. We assume that the primary markets for the electric scooter would be in the European region where the Husqvarna brand is well established. Pierer Mobility does not mention a modular battery system for the first Husqvarna electric scooter, so it is safe to assume that riders would have to use it like the Chetak, charging it from a wallbox.
Husqvarna electric scooter release date
Pierer Mobility plans to begin the sales of the Husqvarna electric scooter in 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the launch by a year. Production would take place alongside the Chetak in India, taking guidance from the investor presentations which state that development of a common 48 volt electric two-wheeler platform in the power range 3 to 10 kW is planned for serial production in India.
Husqvarna electric vehicles & Indian launch
Husqvarna introduced its first electric bike in June of 2019 – the Husqvarna EE 5, a motocross type model which competes with the entry-level 50 cc fuel-powered motorcycles. Powered by a 907 Wh lithium-ion battery, its motor produces 5 kW with 6 different riding modes and fast-charging. Husqvarna says the EE 5 delivers two hours of riding for beginners and 25 minutes for serious racers. The supplied charger takes 70 minutes to fully charge the lithium-ion battery pack.
In 2019, Bajaj Auto brought in the Husqvarna brand to Indian customers with the Vitpilen and Svartpilen series of bikes in the middleweight segment. It should have no reservations in adding electric scooters to that portfolio as electric vehicle sales in the country evolves.