It’s the second time the company works on an electric 2-wheeler, the first one being the Victory Empulse built using the Brammo electric vehicle technology. Brammo has previously used electric motorcycle racing to both accelerate product development and to showcase its EV technology.
But until now, limited riding range, size of battery modules and production cost have slowed the manufacturing and marketing of electric motorcycles. The company’s new electric Indian is expected to cover 120 to 140 miles on a single charge if driven aggressively, compared with 75 miles for the current Empulse bike.
“The characteristics of the new powertrain are going to be more applicable to be able to ride a bike for pleasure and in twisties, and kind of how you would use today a pleasure bikes” says Polaris President Of Motorcycles Steve Menneto. Harley-Davidson electric LiveWire model tested and presented in limited edition in 2014 is rumored to be mass produced and launched in 2020 or sooner. Expect a race between the 2 big American manufacturers to be the 1st one to succeed in the potentially big market EV category.