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    Husqvarna Electric Scooter Vektorr Concept Debuts – Based On Bajaj Chetak

    Husqvarna Electric Scooter Concept – VektorrHusqvarna has taken wraps off their electric scooter concept – Production version is scheduled to be launched next year
    A few days after revealing the E-Pilen electric motorcycle concept, Husqvarna has taken wraps of their electric scooter concept. Called Vektorr, this is a concept version of the upcoming electric scooter. Speaking about the scooter, Husqvarna says, it is “an eco-friendly offering that brings the future of personal urban transport into the present.”
    Not much has been revealed in terms of actual specs, dimensions or technology. What is mentioned as of now, is that this scooter has a top speed of 45 kmph and a ride range of up to 95 kms on full charge. Interestingly, there is no mention of swappable battery – a feature which was announced with the Husqvarna electric motorcycle concept.
    Husqvarna Vektorr Electric Scooter
    Speaking about the design, the new electric scooter carries on with Husqvarna’s design language. In the front, you have the circular headlight with circular LED DRL border. Husqvarna says, “The Vektorr Concept is the first electric scooter ever produced by Husqvarna Motorcycles and is aimed squarely at the urban commuter who demands a compact, stylish and effective personal transport solution to fit their busy lifestyle.”
    The seat is wide and long, enough for rider as well as pillion. Front as well as rear has a single spring suspension. In the front you have a disc brake while rear has a drum brake. Alloys look larger, production spec version could get 12 inch alloys.
    Husqvarna Electric Scooter Concept – Vektorr
    Based On Bajaj Chetak Platform
    Pierer Mobility, owners of KTM and Husqvarna had revealed in their report that the upcoming Husqvarna electric scooter will be based on Bajaj Chetak, which is currently on sale in India. The report also added that it will be made in India.
    Interestingly, the two scooters have many similarities. Bajaj Chetak too does not offer swappable battery option, has a similar range of 95 kms, has single spring suspension in the front and rear, has disc brake in front and drum brake at rear.
    Launch Timeline
    Husqvarna Vektorr Electric Scooter is expected to enter production sometime next year, at the Bajaj Auto plant near Pune. Bajaj is currently in the process of increasing production capacity for their KTM, Husqvarna and Chetak brands. Plan is to increase production by 5 lakh units annually, in the first phase.
    Husqvarna Electric Scooter Concept – Vektorr
    Launch of the Husqvarna electric scooter could first take place in Europe. After which, it will be launched in India. Expect price to be on the higher side. Recently, Bajaj increased price of their Chetak scooter, and it now retails at an ex-sh price of about Rs 1.45 lakhs. Once launched, it will rival the likes of Ather 450X and upcoming Ola Electric Scooter. More

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    KTM 125 Duke Based Husqvarna 125cc Motorcycle Production Starts

    Image for referenceIn the initial phase, the manufactured units will be entirely exported to European markets
    As of now, Husqvarna offers only Vitpilen 250 and Svartpilen 250 in the Indian market. Bajaj manufactures Husqvarna 201 and 401 cc motorcycles at the same facility. But these are currently meant only for exports. Svartpilen 125 is the newest addition, which could be introduced in the Indian market at a later date.
    Earlier this year in February, Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 was launched in Europe. Hungary was among the first country to get it, where it was offered at a starting price of HUF 1.64 million (approx. Rs 4.02 lakh). The entry-level Husqvarna is imported from India as completely built-up (CBU) units.
    It is expected that Vitpilen 125 will also be added to the list of Husqvarna motorcycles being manufactured by Bajaj at its Chakan production centre. Vitpilen 125 will head to European markets first.
    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 design and features
    In terms of looks, Svartpilen 125 is almost identical to its bigger siblings. The bike features retro-modern design and comes with sleek bodywork. Some key features include round LED headlamp, LED DRL ring around the headlamp, minimal body panels, LCD instrument cluster, bronze engine cover, and low profile seat.
    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125
    The 17-inch wheels are wire-spoke units that are shod with dual sport tyres at both ends. The bike offers a comfortable, upright riding stance, which makes it suitable for city streets as well as mild off-road environments.
    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 engine and specs
    Svartpilen 125 will borrow its engine and most other hardware from KTM 125 Duke. The 124.7cc, liquid cooled, DOHC motor is capable of generating 15 hp of max power at 9,500 rpm and 12 Nm of max torque at 7,500 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed transmission. Top speed is around 100 kmph.
    The bike utilizes a powder coated steel trellis frame, suspended on 43mm WP Apex USD forks at front and WP Apex monoshock rear suspension with 5-step preload adjustability. Braking duties are performed by 320 mm disc at the front and 230 mm disc at the rear. Callipers used are ByBre four-piston at the front and ByBre single-piston, floating type at the rear. Dual-channel Bosch ABS is offered as standard.
    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 India launch
    Considering the immense interest in entry-level performance biking segment in the country, Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 could be introduced in the Indian market. It could be positioned as a relatively affordable option as compared to KTM 125 Duke. The latter is currently offered at a starting price of Rs 1.62 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Husqvarna has followed the same strategy for its 250cc twins that are priced lower than KTM 250 Duke. More

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    Husqvarna Electric Motorcycle E-Pilen Concept Revealed

    Husqvarna Electric Motorcycle E-Pilen Concept
    Husqvarna E-Pilen is expected to undergo production by late this year with a launch aimed at late 2021 or late 2022
    With every other OEM venturing into electric mobility space, we often get to witness new designs and advent of some new technology even if it’s minuscule. The latest manufacturer is Husqvarna who plans to enter the emission-free auto world with the production version of E-Pilen Concept revealed recently.
    Based on the unique and pioneering design of successful twins- Svartpilen and Vitpilen, E-Pilen Concept is the Swedish bikemaker’s first step into urban electric mobility. The company has ensured that the production-spec electric motorcycle will bear stark resemblances to the concept version showcased.
    Husqvarna Electric Motorcycle E-Pilen Concept
    Modern Design
    The progressive design philosophy of Svartpilen and Vitpilen has been carried forward to the electric bike which features some distinct styling elements such as an exposed trellis frame, wide handlebars, a compact fuel tank and a round headlamp.
    While a light paint scheme has been carried forward from Vitpilen, the tank rack has been inspired by Svartpilen. Other design elements included are inverted forks, mono-shock at rear, and a gullwing swingarm.
    Husqvarna Electric Motorcycle E-Pilen Concept
    Expected Powertrain Specs
    It should be pointed out that the fuel tank houses the electric battery setup. The battery supplies energy to an electric motor with a rated capacity of 8kW (10.73 bhp). Although exact details of the powertrain are yet to be revealed, the company claims a modest range of 100km on a single charge. However, Husqvarna has assured that it will address the range anxiety issues of consumers by equipping E-Pilen with swappable batteries featuring a modular system.
    Husqvarna Electric Motorcycle E-Pilen Concept
    Official statement from the company read as “It has always been the aim of Husqvarna Motorcycles to develop new products accessible to the broadest possible spectrum of riders. The E-mobility range will retain and continue the riding pleasure and dynamics refined through the long history and experience of the brand.”
    More Details
    More details regarding E-Pilen will be revealed as the electric motorcycle nears its final production-spec version. Husqvarna’s Austrian cousin KTM has already ventured into electric mobility space with 5 kW SX-E and 16 kW Freeride E. If E-Pilen indeed undergoes production it can also pave the path for electric KTM Dukes. Motorcycles of both brands are manufactured at Bajaj’s manufacturing facility in Chakan near Pune, Maharashtra.
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    In fact, Bajaj and KTM have been working together on a common electric platform that will underpin products ranging from 3kW to 10kW electric motors using a 48V electric system. Also, it was reported a couple of months back that KTM and Husqvarna are developing an all-new electric scooter as well which will be based on Bajaj Chetak Electric. We can expect E-Pilen to be launched late this year or early next year. More

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    KTM, Husqvarna Electric Scooters To Utilize Chetak Platform – Rival Ather

    KTM Electric Scooter Concept. Image – Roadrider JapanKTM and Husqvarna electric scooters will help strengthen Bajaj’s EV portfolio
    Over the next five years, competition in electric two-wheeler space is expected to increase manifold. Already there are more than two dozen players in this segment. Bajaj will be keen to grab significant market share in this segment, a goal that is already being pursued with Chetak electric scooter. To give more options to customers and expand its EV portfolio, Bajaj has planned to launch KTM and Husqvarna electric scooters in the Indian market.
    Made in India products
    Just like Chetak, KTM and Husqvarna electric scooters will be manufactured in India. To reduce development cost, these new electric scooters will share the same platform as that of Chetak.
    However, KTM and Husqvarna electric scooters are expected to be sportier, trendier and futuristic, as compared to retro-styled Chetak. While Chetak can work for all age groups, KTM and Husqvarna electric scooters will primarily target the young audience. These new scooters will rival the Ather 450X, which is currently the leading electric scooter in the country when it comes to performance and features.
    Bajaj is currently planning to open a new production facility in Chakan, near Pune, to manufacture a range of premium motorcycles and electric vehicles. This facility could be used for manufacturing KTM and Husqvarna electric scooters. Launch is expected by 2022.
    KTM Electric Scooter leaked info
    Collaboration with Pierer Mobility
    KTM and Husqvarna electric scooter will be manufactured as part of collaboration between Bajaj Auto and Pierer Mobility. The latter was earlier known as KTM Industries. In addition to electric scooters, the partnership will entail development of electric mopeds as well as electric bicycles.
    On its part, Pierer Mobility is currently working on multiple EVs in power range of 3kW – 10kW. These will be manufactured at Bajaj Auto’s Pune plant. Production is expected to commence sometime next year. These new EVs will be available for sale both in domestic and international markets. As may be recalled, KTM had unveiled its E-Speed electric scooter way back in 2013 at Tokyo Motor Show. However, that project did not reach production stage.
    Battery swapping infrastructure in European markets
    To ensure that KTM electric scooters and motorcycles are not subjected to range anxiety in European markets, efforts are being made to develop a robust battery swapping infrastructure. Fast-charging stations are also being built. KTM has shown interest in partnering with Yamaha, Honda and Piaggio to develop common-use battery swapping infrastructure. These will be used for motorcycles and light EVs.
    It has already been confirmed that Husqvarna electric scooter will be utilizing a 4kW electric motor. As for the electric motorcycle named Husqvarna e-Pilen, the EV will be equipped with a modular battery system. These two products are expected to go on sale in European markets by second half of 2022.
    For the battery pack, Pierer Mobility will be collaborating with Austria-based Varta Innovation. The company will also use in-house E-mobility expertise from KTM E-Technologies GmbH. It will involve development of new electric drive systems and battery platforms. More

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    KTM Duke, RC, ADV And Husqvarna Prices Increased By Up To 10k

    Image – Motor MurahKTM and Husqvarna bikes now costlier following range wide price revision wef April 1, 2021
    With the advent of the new financial year comes the burden of cost distribution. As is the practice, a new price list is the order of the day. KTM and Husqvarna have increased the price tag for all its two-wheelers. At the steep end, the price revision is capped at below 10k. The price hike is attributed to an increase in input costs.
    The auto industry works around multiple developments when it comes to periodic price revisions. Apart from price hikes for the addition of a new feature or cosmetic revision, and other causes, there are standard revisions. This means, someone who purchased a two-wheeler at the start of December, would find the same bike to be costing substantially more on April 1st.
    KTM and Husqvarna Prices April 2021 vs March 2021
    This is because at the start of December, a price hike had been announced. Soon after, at the start of the calendar year, new model year (MY) vehicles began costing more. And now, 3 months later, at the start of the new financial year, price tags are again revised. 
    KTM and Husqvarna price hike
    Some of the KTM and Husqvarna bikes are now costlier by 14-18 grands in less than 6 months time. The cyclic pattern provides constant impetus to not dilly dally when it comes to purchasing a vehicle because the longer one takes to make a decision, the costlier the vehicle proves to be.
    KTM and Husqvarna Prices April 2021 vs Dec 2020
    For KTM, both 125 and 200 units are bestsellers. And the price gap between both units have for now contracted noticeably. Between November 2020 and April 2021, Duke 125 is costlier by Rs 18,214. Retail price is listed at just over Rs 1.6 lakh as compared to Rs 1,42,105 lakh in November 2020.
    KTM and Husqvarna Prices April 2021 vs Nov 2020
    Duke 200 on the other hand has seen price increase in the past 5 months capped at Rs 6,291. Current ex sh price is listed at Rs 1,83,328 as compared to Rs 1,77,037 five months earlier. Price revision for KTM 200 is the lowest over a 5 month period. Every other bike, including the models from Husqvarna are all costlier by more than 10 grands now.
    FY22 price revision announced
    Depending on base price variation, most cost increases range between 4 – 8 percent in November 2020 – April 1, 2021 period. Duke 125 however saw price increase by almost 13 percent in the same period. For the company, the 125cc unit is its entry price point offering.
    And the fiscal has only just begun. It’s safe to say, before the year ends, one can expect a price revision or two basis market conditions, costs, and model revisions, among other things. All prices above are ex-sh. More

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    Bajaj Chetak Based Husqvarna Electric Scooter Debut Postponed To 2022

    Husqvarna electric scooter render
    Besides an electric scooter, Husqvarna is also developing an electric motorcycle tentatively named E-Pilen

    Husqvarna’s parent company, Pierer Mobility has announced that it has deferred the launch of its first electric scooter offering to 2022. Internally codenamed E-01, the e-scooter was earlier expected to make its debut this year itself. Furthermore, the company shared that it would first be launched in a European market.
    While the company hasn’t revealed the exact reason for this delay, we suspect the Covid-19 pandemic and global shortage of semiconductor chips to have played a major role in affecting its launch timeline. Earlier it was revealed that this upcoming e-scooter would likely be based on Bajaj Chetak electric scooter’s platform.
    Development of E-01
    Although its underpinnings will be borrowed from the Indian manufacturer, it will wear a completely different top hat. It will be designed and configured in line with the needs of and preferences of European consumers. It will be categorised as an L3e-A1 EV as per EU regulations and hence its power output will not be more than 11 kW and its power to weight ratio won’t exceed 0.1 kW/kg.
    Pierer Mobility aims to tap into the electric two-wheeler segment in Europe which is expected to be a $10 billion market by 2025. The company claims that existing European motorcycle and scooter segments between 50cc and 125cc will turn 50 percent electric in the low voltage range on short distance by 2030.
    Bajaj Chetak
    At the conclusion of Chetak electric Yatra in Pune, Bajaj had confirmed that the Chetak Electric platform will also be extended to a performance model which could be branded as a KTM or Husqvarna. Within a few weeks of this announcement, Pierer Mobility confirmed that it was developing a common 48V electric two-wheeler platform planned for mass consumers in India.
    Developed under the ‘Urban E-Mobility’ strategy, the Swedish brand is working towards introducing an electric two-wheeler which would be the stepping stone n the PTW segment (Powered Two Wheeler segment). Bajaj recently announced the setup of their new plant in Pune, which will be exclusively used to manufacture new KTM, Husqvarna two wheelers as well as Chetak electric scooter.
    Expected Specs, Design & Features
    In terms of specifications, Chetak e-scooter features an electric motor that generates 4 kW and 16 Nm of peak torque. This motor is paired to an IP67-rated 3 kWh air-cooled battery pack. Initially, the new Husky e-scooter was intended to be powered by a 10 kW motor, however, it seems that it will be offered with the same 4 kW unit itself in order to be more competitively priced.
    As mentioned earlier, E-01 will sport a very different design as compared to its distant Indian cousin. It will feature sleek body panels and will be offered with creature comforts such as an all-digital console, smartphone connectivity, LED DRLs, etc. Husqvarna has not mentioned any modular battery system on E-01, therefore, it is safe to assume that buyers would have to charge their e-scooter through wall-mounted chargers just like Chetak. More

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    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125 Launched In Europe – Made In India At Bajaj Plant

    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125
    Hungary has become one of the first country in the world to get the entry-level Husqvarna Svartpilen 125

    European markets have good demand for small displacement bikes, thanks to regulations that prohibit riders from opting for a high-end big bike before they spend enough time on smaller rides. For this reason, Husqvarna has launched its entry-level, made in India offering Svartpilen 125 in European markets.
    Price of Svartpilen 125 in Hungary starts from HUF 1.64 million (approx Rs 4.02 lakhs). The bike is imported from India as a CBU. It is manufactured at the Bajaj plant in Pune. In 2020, Husqvarna production crossed the 10,000 mark from India plant.
    As we already know Svartpilen, which translates to Black arrow, is a naked scrambler while its twin sibling Vitpilen, which translates to White arrow, is a cafe racer. As of now, there are no reports of the latter being considered for the European markets in its smallest iteration.
    Hardware & Powertrain
    Svartpilen 125 shares its mechanicals with its KTM counterpart Duke 125. Like the naked streetfighter from the Austrian bikemaker, Svartpilen 125 will derive its power from a 124.7cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engine which produces 15 hp at 9,500rpm and 12 Nm of peak torque at 7500rpm. For an engine of this capacity, output figures are more than decent. It has a top speed of around 100 kmph.
    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125
    This unit is mated to a six-speed gearbox. Even its hardware setup is carried over from its Austrian cousin. It is based on a steel Trellis frame which is suspended at 43mm WP Apex USD forks at front and a 5-step preload adjustable WP Apex mono-shock at rear.
    Anchorage duties are handled by a 320mm disc with a 4-piston caliper from ByBre upfront and a 230mm disc at rear with a 2-piston caliper. This will be assisted by a dual-channel ABS from Bosch. Fuel tank capacity is 9.5 liters while dry weight is 146 kgs. Ground clearance if 143mm.
    Design & Features
    In terms of styling, its design will be identical to the bigger Svartpilens. This means it will feature a single, round LED headlamp with an LED DRL ring around its circumference.
    Husqvarna Svartpilen 125
    It will adopt a minimalist approach to design as it will contain very few body panels. Its equipment will consist of an LCD instrument cluster which will give out crucial information although some of the features offered in bigger iterations might be given a miss.
    Prospective India Launch
    What holds more significance is that like Duke 125 and other Husqvarna models, this Svartpilen 125 is also likely to be launched in India. Moreover, Duke 125 is a very popular model in India and if priced right, its Swedish cousin can also find many takers. Once launched in India, it will likely be priced lower than the Duke 125, which is priced at Rs 1.51 lakhs, ex-sh. More

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    Husqvarna India Sales, Exports Crosses 10k Milestone in 2020 – Svartpilen, Vitpilen

    Husqvarna 250
    The Swedish bikemaker plans to launch of Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 in India next

    Husqvarna India has done rather well in 2020; not only in domestic market but also where exports were concerned. This is especially so since the entire two wheeler segment had faced sales constraints in the earlier months in view of the pandemic situation.
    Husqvarna is a subsidiary of KTM and Bajaj. Just like KTM, Bajaj also manufactures Husqvarna motorcycles under 400 cc in India, at the Pune plant. As of now, only the Husqvarna 250 is on sale in India, while the 201 and 401 are only for export.
    Husqvarna 250 Domestic Sales
    The Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 domestic sales during the period June to December 2020 stood at 4,430 units. This accounted for over 42% share in total sales of the company for 2020.
    Sales which started off at 428 units in June 20, increased to 725 units in July and then on to 972 units in August which was its best monthly sales figure. Sales in September and October also were over the 700 unit mark but then Nov 20 sales dipped once again to 485 units and then lower to 297 units in Dec 20.
    Husqvarna India sales and exports – June to Dec 2020
    It may be recalled that in December, the price of both these bikes where hiked by Rs.1,790 while earlier this month as well, the company increased prices of the Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250 by Rs.2,818 and Rs.2,816 respectively. Following this most recent price hike, the Svartpilen 250 urban tourer is now priced at Rs.1,89,568 while the Vitpilen 250 café racer carries a price tag of Rs. 1,89,952. All prices are ex-sh.
    Husqvarna 201, 250 and 401 Exports
    It was from Feb 2020 that KTM-Bajaj commenced exports of Husqvarna motorcycles manufactured at the company’s Chakan plant near Pune. Exports commenced with the Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401. Few months later, exports of the 201 and 401 range also started.
    Where exports were concerned, a total of 1,396 units of the Husqvarna 201 were shipped during the June-Dec 20 period. Even as this model noticed ups and downs in each of the preceding months, the year closed on a positive note with exports being the highest at 504 units in Dec 20.
    Husqvarna India domestic sales vs exports – June to Dec 2020
    Total exports of the Husqvarna 250 stood at 1,187 units in the June-Dec 20 period with a share of 11.30 percent. Again in this case, exports were the highest in Dec 20 at 295 units.
    Of the Husqvarna 401, exports started off on a high note in June 20 at 1,220 units but then on dipped over July, August and Sept to its lowest exports in Nov 20 at 72 units. Shipments in December once again revived marginally to 160 units.
    In the six month period from June-Dec 20, Husqvarna India registered total sales (including exports) of 10,503 units. The company has noted higher exports at 6,073 units, as against domestic sales of 4,430 units. More