The Suzuki Burgman Electric Scooter takes urban mobility to the next level
Two established two-wheeler brands, Bajaj and TVS, have entered the electric scooter segment. Honda has announced two new electric scooters for India for next year. Around the same time, Yamaha also plans to launch an electric scooter. By then, Suzuki will also have completed its first electric scooter.
In the field of electric motorcycles, Suzuki Motor Corporation has made an exciting breakthrough: the e-Burgman. The first official pictures and specifications of the Burgman electric scooter have been released. Already spied on in tests in India, the e-Bergman is now entering an advanced testing phase in Tokyo.
Burgman’s electric scooter is part of a larger effort to encourage battery sharing and increase e2W use in Japan. Suzuki is affiliated with Gachaco Co.,Ltd. Together, a Tokyo-based battery sharing service. Field tests will be conducted over three months from April 2023 to June and will include eight Burgman electric scooters. Suzuki Motor Corporation employees and applicants will take part in the field test. Tests help collect important data from everyday activities like commuting to work, school, and shopping. This data is used to develop the Burgman Electric Scooter for production use.
Classified as a Class 2 light electric scooter, it has impressive specs. The Suzuki e-Burgman can travel up to 44 km at 60 km/h on a single charge. The rated power is 0.98 kW, the maximum power is 4.0 kW and the maximum torque is 18 Nm. The dimensions are 1,825 mm long, 765 mm wide, 1,140 mm high and 780 mm seat height. The curb weight of the vehicle is 147 kg. It is powered by a synchronous AC motor and a lithium-ion battery.
Suzuki is part of the Electric Scooter Replaceable Battery Consortium which includes Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. belong. Belongs to Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. The consortium is working to standardize replaceable batteries and backup systems. A significant step towards battery sharing and the popularity of electric motorcycles in Japan. The common specification is derived from TP21003. The development criteria for exchangeable batteries have been refined in terms of range and charging time. The consortium also partnered with e-Yan OSAKA to conduct field trials to spread electric scooters.
As a result of the collaboration, a standardized swappable battery sharing service was set up. Gachaco, Inc. ENEOS, Honda, Kawasaki Motors, Suzuki and Yamaha Motor have all partnered to offer a BAAS (Battery as a Service) solution. Electric scooters can travel long distances without worrying about battery performance. To launch Gachaco services, the company uses the Honda Mobile Power Pack e, which is broadly compatible with most specifications.
Green drivers will have more transportation options as battery sharing solutions become more accessible and reliable. The future is looking bright as Japan’s Big 4 work together to spread the adoption of electric scooters not just in Japan but around the world. The launch of the Burgman Electric Scooter in India is expected next year. At launch it will compete with TVS iQube, Bajaj Chetak and the forthcoming Honda Activa Electric. Suzuki Bergman’s electricity bill could be in the region of Rs 1.5 lakh.
Suzuki is taking a big step towards the urban mobility of the future and this will be an amazing entry. Let’s hope this will be the start of a remarkable era for Suzuki in the electric vehicle space.
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