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 AG, 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.
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 based on its platform will carry a distinctive design that would be 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 (front) are among some other visual highlights of this rendered new electric scooter, some, signature Husqvarna design touches.
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
While more information on the Husqvarna scooter is expected to be revealed in 2021 Pierer Mobility updated investors in November that the electric scooter project stays on track for a 2021 market launch, and that private transport will become increasingly important post COVID.
Production would take place alongside the Chetak in India, and we expect to see the model roll-out in 2021, taking guidance from the investor presentation which states 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. Pierer Mobility says that a strategic initiative for 2021 is the extension of electrical product lineup (4-10 kW) in the low voltage range (48 V) by further models.
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.
Last year 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 the electric vehicle sales in the country evolves.