Can-Am Announces New Electric Motorcycles
Can-Am, one of the world's leading manufacturers of off-road vehicles, has announced the release of two new electric two-wheeled motorcycles for 2024. The new models, which are still in development, are said to offer unprecedented performance and zero emissions. Can-Am says that the new motorcycles will be available in both street and off-road versions, and that they will be "fully integrated" with the company's existing line of electric vehicles. Can-Am is owned by BRP Inc., which is also the parent company of Ski-Doo and Sea Doo.
“Today, our story of innovation reaches new heights with the reveal of market-shaping electric products that will enhance consumer experience on the road and on the water,” said José Boisjoli, President and CEO of BRP, in a press release. “With the Can-Am Origin and Can-Am Pulse, the first two models of our electric 2-wheel family, we are gearing up to reclaim our motorcycle heritage by crafting thrilling riding experiences for a whole new generation.”
The announcement comes as the company looks to capitalize on the growing electric motorcycle market, which is expected to take off exponentially in the next decade. Can-Am’s electric motorcycles will be aimed at the recreational market, with one model designed for off-road use and the other for on-road use. The company has not announced pricing for the bikes or specs, but says they will be competitive with other electric motorcycles on the market.
The full details and specifications for these electric motorcycles are set to be released for Can-Am’s 50th anniversary in August 2023.
A Return To Can-Am's Award-Winning Roots
The Origin is a homage to its TnT (Track n’ Trail) roots of the 70s to late 80s. Can-Am's award winning track history for motocross races was left in the dust by 1987, when the company went into a nearly 19 year hiatus, after BRP honed in on the ATV market.
The release of both the Origin and Pulse marks a revival of two-wheeled motorcycles for Can-Am.
“With the motorcycle industry shifting to electric, we saw an opportunity to reclaim our motorcycle heritage and to re-enter the market,” Boisjoli said. “This new product category is extremely important to us, and we are thrilled that Can-Am motorcycles are the first EV models in BRP’s electric lineup to be confirmed to consumers,” the BRP CEO said.
The importance of these bikes, are not solely because they add to the changing tides of powersports manufacturers going to electric vehicles (as we’ve seen from brands such as Harley-Davidson's LiveWire series, ZERO and Triumph) but also because the lost days of the two-wheeled motorcycles for Can-Am that was left in its glory days of the 70s and 80s, are found, returning with both a feel for nostalgia and modernity.
“Many of us have very fond memories of riding the early dirt bike models, and now we look forward to building on the rich history of the Can-Am brand to inspire and impress a new generation of motorcyclists and electric vehicle enthusiasts,” Boisjoli said.
New Can-Am Electric Motorcycle Specs
Despite the full specs not being released until next August, we are aware of some details of these EV bikes.
The first being that both models will be powered by the all-new Rotax E-POWER technology, that will giveaway the capabilities of highway speeds, as well as enough horsepower and torque.
Secondly, each model will have its own unique design and purpose. The Origin is designed to bring new-wave tech to both off-road trails and streets. With spoked wheels and knobby tires, this bike is sure to be a contender in the future dual-sport market.
The Pulse features a sleek and agile design, perfect for the everyday commuter and city-slicker. Its wheels have standard sporty/naked bike design and overall has a nimble chassis.
Both bikes however, will feature “stunning design, state-of-the-art technology” and high performance LED headlights. The Origin and Pulse both seem to be marketed toward newer riders, looking to immerse themselves in the world of powersports.
Additionally, these bikes will not feature the traditional throttle and clutch dynamics. Since they are EV, these bikes will simply allow riders to twist the throttle and go–much like the automatic gas pedal on a car.
All in all, it seems like Can-Am is set for an exciting next couple of years. It is apparent that more and more vehicle manufacturers are looking seriously at electric vehicles to add to their lineups, and BRP is not an exception.
For more information, visit can-am.brp.com.
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