Indian two-wheeler manufacturer Bajaj has a significant share of the large local market for scooters and motorcycles. Today, the company is building a massive new factory for the production of electric two-wheelers, which could also mean big news for European electric scooters and motorcycles.
Bajaj has announced that its new production plant will be used solely for the production of electric vehicles, and it is investing US $ 40 million in its production. Scheduled to be ready by June 2022, the new facility will span 11 acres (approximately 50,000 square meters).
Bajaj expects to be able to produce around 500,000 electric scooters per year – the company has its own electric scooters such as the Chetak, but it has also partnered with Husqvarna.
The Husqvarna Vektorr electric scooter concept was reportedly developed alongside Bajaj Chetak as part of the partnership between the two companies.
Designed for the urban market – a common trend among early stage electric motorcycle brands – the Husqvarna Vektorr boasts fairly low speed and range.
The top speed of 45 km / h (28 mph) keeps it legal as a moped-class vehicle in much of the world, meaning most riders won’t need a special motorcycle license to ride. ‘use. The low speed also increases the range to 95 km (59 miles).
There’s no word on horsepower just yet, but the concept is unlikely to hide anything bigger than a 2-3 kW motor. This is the typical power level found in other electric scooters with similar performance levels.
The Vektorr may not be the only electric Husky potentially destined for production at the new plant in Bajaj, as the Husqvarna E-Pilen electric motorcycle could share similar components and production facilities.
Unveiled earlier this year, the E-Pilen Concept is another city-centric electric two-wheeler design – highlighting the urban use case of the bike is the somewhat limited range of 100 km (62 miles). With replaceable batteries, however, cyclists could theoretically replace empty batteries with spare charged ones to keep going.
Below the batteries is the chain drive motor of the E-Pilen. Rated at 8 kW (10.7 hp), this is not a gigantic powerhouse. But again, cycling is not meant to set speed records; it is designed for urban cyclists looking to navigate their way through the city.
There’s no word on the bike’s top speed yet, but somewhere in the 100-120 km / h (62-75 mph) range is probably a reasonable estimate based on engine size.
This type of partnership between European and Indian motorcycle brands is increasingly common. BMW is also reportedly working to reduce the cost of its electric motorcycles through a partnership with Indian company TVS.
India’s booming electric motorcycle and scooter industry presents an attractive partnership target; two-wheelers represent a dominant part of the transport sector in India. Both established companies and startups have thus developed impressive production capacities.
Indian company Hero is the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, while Ola Electric’s FutureFactory expects to be able to produce more than 2 million electric scooters per year.
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