Bajaj, KTM To Develop Premium Electric Bike
- by Alpesh
- Aug 16, 2019
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Both companies are already working on EVs under their ‘Powered two-wheeler’ project
- Expect the first product to hit showrooms by 2022.
- The electric motorcycle will be locally manufactured.
- Bajaj is already working on an electric scooter which could be called the Chetak.
The Bajaj-KTM partnership is more than a decade old and now, both the companies are planning to enter the second phase of this partnership by introducing electric vehicles in the country. In a recent interview, Rakesh Sharma, Executive Director, Bajaj Auto, said that both companies are currently developing electric two-wheelers and that we could also expect a high-end e-motorcycle to come out of this partnership in the near future.
This is not the first time that either manufacturer has shed light on its EV plan. A few months back, KTM had confirmed that it is developing EVs with Bajaj that will be manufactured at the latter’s plant in Pune. But don’t expect the first product to roll out of the assembly line any time soon as the manufacturing process is only expected to start by 2022.
Under its new PTW (Powered two-wheeler) project, Bajaj and KTM will co-develop a new 48-volt electric platform which will be used for electric scooters, mopeds and other vehicles. This new platform will have power outputs ranging from 3Kw (4PS) to 10Kw (13PS). Till now, images of KTM’s e-scooter and a prototype of an electric 390 Duke have surfaced online, suggesting that the Austrian manufacturer has been testing electric motorcycles for a while now. We have done a detailed report on KTM-Bajaj’s electric plans, which you can read over here.
As of now, Bajaj is working on its own electric scooter which will be sold under the company’s Urbanite brand. The scooter has been spotted quite a few times over the past few months, hinting that it might be at the final stage of testing.
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