A 10-Year Partnership
California’s Zero Motorcycles has signed a 10-year partnership deal with Polaris. This partnership is part of Polaris’ “rEV’d up” initiative. The company wants to make in-roads into electric powersports and it has chosen Zero as the company it wants to work with, according to RideApart.
Polaris plans to offer an electric version of all its main products by 2025. That’s a pretty ambitious ask. The first product is supposed to come in 2021. Polaris owns Indian Motorcycle, so this move will likely mean we’ll see some electric Indian bikes in the future.
“Thanks to advancements in power, pricing and performance over the last several years, and with customer interest surging, now is the right time for Polaris, with Zero Motorcycles as a key strategic partner, to implement our rEV’d up initiative and aggressively accelerate our position in powersports electrification,” wrote Polaris CEO and chairman Scott Wine. “We believe this transformative partnership will enable us to leapfrog technological hurdles around range and cost while providing a tremendous speed-to-market advantage – an instant offense.”
Polaris isn’t new to electric powertrains. It purchased Brammo Electric Motorcycles in 2015. This has allowed the company to make the Ranger EV UTV, but the partnership with Zero will take things to the next level.