Suzuki e-Burgman to feature swappable battery tech

Despite previous patent drawings depicting a fixed battery pack, the e-Burgman gets a swappable battery option.

By Dinshaw Magol, Autocar India calendar 30 Mar 2023 Views icon3024 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Suzuki has been testing its Burgman electric scooter in India for quite some time now and spy images of the same have surfaced multiple times. Now, however, the Hamamatsu-based brand has revealed the e-Burgman overseas in its entirety and disclosed most of its specifications as well.

Suzuki e-Burgman electric scooter: details
The major news here is that Suzuki’s e-Burgman will divert from earlier patent drawings in terms of how its battery pack is installed. The documents that had surfaced earlier showed a fixed battery pack, but the production-spec e-Burgman features a swappable battery pack instead. While the capacity of the swappable lithium-ion battery is still under wraps, Suzuki claims the e-Burgman has a range of "44km when ridden at a steady 60kph on a flat surface." While this figure seems quite low, considering our average speeds are much lower, this claimed range figure will most likely increase. 

The e-Burgman’s battery packs can be swapped out and recharged at the Honda Mobile Power Pack e: swapping stations. Honda has announced some major plans for its electric two-wheelers (and petrol-powered ones too) in India and, as part of that plan, these battery-swapping stations will be much more widespread. 

A press release from Suzuki reveals that the e-Burgman has a claimed peak power of 4kW, which is in the same ballpark as the TVS iQube S and the Bajaj Chetak. This figure indicates that the e-Burgman will probably be more of a practical electric offering than a more performance-oriented one like the Ola S1 Pro or the Ather 450X

Another noteworthy point to consider is that the e-Burgman is a good 36kg heavier than the recently launched Burgman Street EX. At 147kg, this is one of the heaviest electric scooters and compared to something like the iQube S, it’s 28kg heavier. In fact, it weighs more than every well-known Indian e-scooter that’s on sale today. At 780mm, its seat height is the same as the two Burgman models on sale in India. 

Currently, eight units of the e-Burgman are being tested in the Jonan area of Tokyo. This ‘experiment’ is set to begin in April and continue till June 2023, further putting the e-Burgman through its paces. It remains to be seen if the Suzuki e-Burgman hits the market after that period or not. 

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