In the recent past, Pierer Mobility Group announced that the company is working on an electric scooter for sale in the Indian and international markets. The electric scooter will make its debut as the Husqvarna EC-01 (Codenamed), based on the Bajaj Chetak Electric scooter but wears a completely different top hat. The e-scooter will also comply with L3e-A1 regulations in the European Union which limits the power output to 11kW and power to weight ratio to 0.1 kW/kg. But now the brand has announced that it is experiencing delays in the launch of EC-01.
Delay in Launch
The brand was planning to launch the Husqvarna EC-01 by the end of 2021 but the CoronaVirus pandemic, the associated lockdown and suspension in manufacturing all around the world may have caused delays to the original timeline. Adding to the troubles is the shortage of semiconductor microchips that even halted production of motor vehicles in some parts of the globe delaying the deliveries and some car manufacturers even had to deliver their vehicles without touchscreen infotainment system due to the global shortage of semiconductor material.
The electric scooter will feature Husqvarna’s eccentric design language that we have already seen on the Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen but powering the EC-01 is likely to be the same powertrain that does duty on the Bajaj Chetak electric which is a 4 kW electric motor that pumps out 14 Nm of torque and draws power from a 3kWh battery pack that claims to have a riding range of more than 95 km on a full charge.
Shortage in Semiconductor
The shortage of semiconductor chips is a global phenomenon and the material is a crucial component of Engine Control Units, infotainment systems, driver aid system and many other modern electronic equipment and is a vital component in vehicle manufacturing. The shortage is likely to be caused not just because of the slowdown due to the COVID pandemic but also the high demand for consumer electronics such as Laptops, Tablet PCs, Desktops, Gaming Consoles, Mobile phones.