Husqvarna Motorcycles, which is part-owned by India’s Bajaj Auto through its stake in KTM, has launched the new EE 5 – an electric engine minibike as a complete and fully adaptable, five-kilowatt competition machine. Set to rival any 50cc fuel-powered motorcycle, the quick-charging EE 5 combines the latest high-quality componentry with bodywork specifically designed to give young riders an ergonomically effortless, all-electric riding experience.
The first ever electric model from Husqvarna Motorcycles, the EE 5 offers youngsters an eco-friendly way to learn, compete and have fun. Easily adaptable, the ride height can be adjusted to keep pace with an improving or growing rider. Delivering two hours of riding enjoyment for beginners and 25 minutes for serious racers, the supplied charger takes just 70 minutes to fully charge the lithium-ion battery.
Featuring the latest suspension technology, the EE 5 is fitted with 35mm WP XACT forks that offer 205mm of travel and combined with a fully-adjustable WP rear shock ensure exceptional damping characteristics. A high-strength chromoly frame, hydraulically operated brakes, lightweight wheels, tapered NEKEN handlebars and striking graphics complete the all-new EE 5 machine.
Technical highlights of the EE 5
- State-of-the-art electric motor with 5 kW peak performance
- 6 different ride modes, easy to select
- 907 Wh lithium-ion battery
- Quick charging
- High-end chassis with race proven technology
- Modern, Swedish-inspired design
- Ergonomic bodywork and adjustable seat height
- WP suspension – XACT air fork and rear shock – for advanced performance and control
The new Husqvarna EE 5 will be available worldwide from July 2019 onwards at all authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles Dealers (excluding North America where the EE 5 will be available in end- 2019).
Bajaj Auto and Husqvarna
As is known, Bajaj Auto is to officially introduce the Husqvarna brand in India in FY2020 and also plans to launch electric vehicles (EVs) including electric two-wheeler(s) before the BS VI implementation deadline of April 1, 2020.
Bajaj Auto’s Husqvarna connection relates to its 48 percent stake in Austrian bike maker KTM. It was in 2007 when Bajaj Auto acquired a 14.5 percent stake in KTM Power Sports AG. At present, Bajaj Auto through its subsidiary Bajaj Auto International Holdings has a 47.99 percent equity stake in KTM AG, which in 2013, had acquired the Swedish off-road motorcycle brand Husqvarna from BMW Motorrad.
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