Inspired by the increasing consumer demand for electric vehicles more and more automotive manufacturers are starting to reveal their future plans and products in the electric mobility segment to stay relevant in today’s time. Amongst these automakers, the most recent name belongs to the popular Austrian motorcycle producer KTM, which recently revealed that they are working on the development of an all-electric bike which could be named the E-Duke.
The Austrian automaker which is owned by Pierer Mobility AG & Bajaj Auto International also divulged that the upcoming EV motorcycle E-Duke will be powered by a 10kW motor and feature a 5.5kWh battery pack. Additionally, it is expected that the E-Duke will be based on KTM’s Swedish counterpart Husqvarna’s E-Pilen – a concept bike shown last year which will turn into a production bike of its own. According to media reports, the KTM E-Duke will be sharing a majority of underpinnings, internals and powertrain components with the Husqvarna E-Pilen.
With its 10kW motor, KTM’s all-electric bike is expected to outperform the country’s current most powerful electric motorcycle Tork Kratos R which features a 9kW motor. Subsequently, when compared to petrol-powered motorcycles, the E-Duke is expected to be comparable to the KTM 125 Duke, which produces 11kW (14.5hp). As for the battery pack, the E-Duke will be featuring a class-leading 5.5 kWh fixed battery pack. This offered capacity from the Austrian brand is sure to triumph over the capacities of vehicles like the Tork Kratos R that will come with a 4kWh battery pack, Simple One with 4.8kWh battery and also the Ola S1 Pro’s 3.97kWh battery pack.
As of now, there have been no sightings of the upcoming E-Duke in the country and the launch dates for the electric motorcycle from the Austrian bikemaker are also yet to be revealed. Furthermore, the company has also refrained from disclosing any design details of the vehicle, but we can expect the similar sharp and aggressive design language of KTM to be featured in the forthcoming E-Duke.
In addition to this news, it was also recently revealed by Bajaj Auto International and KTM that they are working on the co-development of an electric platform, which will underpin two-wheelers with outputs ranging from 3kW to 10kW. This new venture which will mainly focus on the development of electric scooters could also help Bajaj in launching an all-electric bike based on the E-Duke, as it has done in the past. It is also expected that if the E-Duke and E-Pilen make their way into the Indian subcontinent then they will be manufacturered at the Bajaj Auto’s new production facility in Akurdi, Maharashtra which the company has set up with an investment of over Rs 300 crore.