Pierer Mobility (Pierer), the parent company of KTM, Husqvarna, and GasGas motorcycles, may be well on its way to producing an electric Husqvarna branded motorcycle.  In the company’s latest investor’s presentation, Pierer shows a range of electrically powered two-wheelers ranging from a GasGas Enduro Cross bicycle, a Husqvarna Hard Cross 8, a Husqvarna branded electric scooter called the E-Scooter, and a motorcycle called the Husqvarna E-Pilen.

E-Pilen in investors presentation

The briefing says that the Husqvarna E-Pilen will be launched sometime in 2022.  We also get a few specifics about the machine.  It will come with a modular battery system and have a motor(s) in the 4kW to 10kW range.  It’s not particularly clear whether the modular battery notation means.  Whether the bike’s batteries will be swappable or scalable is still conjecture at this point.

The presentation notes also show a notation indicating that the E-Pilen is available for platform utilization.  This hints that other Pierer Mobility brands may use the E-Pilen as a baseline machine.

The new electric motorcycle uses the polarizing Svartpilen and Vitpilen styling.  The styling can be a good or bad thing, depending on your point of view.  But it does make sense to use as much of the already existing materials and technology in the new electrically powered machine, especially if the E-Pilen is to become the basis of other Pierer Mobility machines.

E-Pilen Husqvarna

Close up view of Husqvarna’s planned E-Pilen coming in 2022.

Electric two-wheelers not entirely new

Both KTM and Husqvarna already have experience with electrically powered two-wheelers. KTM currently produces the 16 kW Freeride dirt bike as well as the kid-sized 5 kW SX-E.  The SX-E is becoming the training ground for future moto/supercross racers, with the model now eligible for sanctioned racing.  Husqvarna also has a similar small size 5 kW electric bike called the EE-5.

But what seems to be the game-changer, in this case, is the fact that the Husqvarna E-Pilen will likely become Pierer Mobility’s first electric street-based motorcycle.  In the past, KTM models the showcase brand.

So it appears that Husqvarna will be first out of the gate with an electrically powered motorcycle.  Could it be that Pierer Mobility sees risk in selling street-oriented electric motorcycles under the KTM and its “Ready To Race” tagline?  It will be interesting to see how long Pierer Mobility will wait before branding the E-Pilen under another Pierer Mobility brand, if ever.

Read Pierer Mobility’s presentation

If you’d like to see Pierer Mobility’s presentation for yourself, you can find it here.

 

All image credit: Pierer Mobility

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