By Dennis Chung
Pierer Mobility is developing a new range of electric Husqvarna streetbikes for 2022. The new line will be styled after the Svartpilen and Vitpilen line, with the company giving it the tentative name of “Husqvarna E-Pilen“.
The Husqvarna E-Pilen was outlined in a slide from the company’s report for investors for the first half 0f 2020. The slide describes the E-Pilen as using a modular battery system, with either a 4 kW or a 10 kW electric motor. A sketch of the E-Pilen (pictured above) gives us a rough idea of what the bike may look like. It should be noted that there’s a lot of time for further development and changes before the planned 2022 launch, so expect the finished product to look a little different.
That Pierer Mobility is working on an electric motorcycle isn’t surprising, considering the Austrian has already released, or will soon release, electric models for its KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas brands. KTM already offers the 16 kW Freeride E and 5 kW SX-E, while Husqvarna offers the 5 kW EE-5. GasGas, meanwhile, will soon be launching its TXE electric trial bike which will use a 15 kW motor.
All of these bikes, however, are off-road motorcycles. What is surprising is the first electric streetbike from the company will be a Husqvarna and not a KTM. Considering the amount of crossover between the KTM and Husqvarna lines, we can’t rule out a potential E-Duke down the line, but at the moment, only an E-Pilen has been confirmed.
The modular battery system is also a surprise, though it’s not clear if this refers to the batteries being swappable or perhaps scalable, with a choice of battery capacities for expanding range. It’s worth noting that slide does not mention a modular battery system for …read more