It seems inevitable that, within the next 10-15 years, all new motorcycles coming out of the factory and into the showrooms will all be e-bikes, or motorcycles powered by electricity. Just a few days ago, we learned that KTM, Husqvarna and Bajaj are currently working on an electric motorcycle platform that will be shared by their future models.
We all know that the current Duke 390, 200; Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 share the same platform with some of Bajaj's motorcycle models. The Duke models are currently the fastest selling KTM models here in the Asian region, with the Philippines being no exception. Thus, it should come as no surprise that future electric models will be sharing a platform too.
According to the news, the shared electric bike platform that is currently being developed will have a 48-volt motor producing 3-10 kilowatts of power. It will be produced in Bajaj’s Pune factory starting 2022. The planned platform will be for use in various models, including scooters, underbones, other standard motorcycles as well as 3-wheelers (Bajaj is the largest 3-wheeler manufacturer in India).
KTM and Husqvarna may not release any scooter, underbone or 3-wheeler any time soon, but this collaboration will spawn at least one new electric model for each brand.
Back in 2017, KTM released the Freeride E-XC dual-sport bike that is powered by an electric motor. It has peak power of 18 kilowatts fitted into a redesigned composite frame that provides what KTM claims as “even better stability.” It also utilizes energy recuperation when coasting or braking for an additional range boost, and a quick-charging battery.
The current Euro emission standards and regulations are really pushing the boundaries of motorcycle engine design in an effort to cut on CO2 emissions. In India for example, only electric three-wheelers will be allowed to be sold after March 21, 2023, with similar electric-only restrictions for 150cc and below motorcycles to follow in 2025.
Will these “e-bikes” from KTM, Husqvarna and Bajaj see light here in the country?