Polaris Inc. has signed a 10-year partnership agreement with Zero Motorcycles to develop an electric vehicle option for each of its commodity segments by 2025. As part of the agreement, Polaris will develop, manufacture and sell electric 4x4s and snowmobiles with zero-engine technology, hardware and software. “We are not new to electricity, what we have new is electric for our customers of core power, which requires performance and reach,” said Polaris Executive Chef Scott Wine. In 2015, Polaris also purchased the electric motorcycle business from Brammo Inc. and used the technology to develop the Ranger EV Li-Ion, one of the first electric vehicles in the off-road segment and still a bestseller in its class. Polaris sold Brammo`s assets in 2017. “Zero allows us to deliver that,” Wine said. “The electric powertrain offers us many delivery opportunities to customers that we can`t reach with an internal combustion engine.” The Ranger EV and the Indian Minibike are niche products. The agreement with Zero aims to develop a wide range of products in the power sport segment, which will provide the performance and offer that these customers expect.
Over the past decade, Polaris has already sold more than $1 billion worth of electric vehicles, mainly in the work vehicle sector. Designed with Razor USA, the Minibike has been modeled from a flat racing bike from indian archives and features two modes, bottom and top, geared towards different age groups. Low mode is designed for drivers 8 years and older and high mode for drivers 13 and older. The new electric sports vehicles could provide better torque, lower noise, reduced maintenance, zero emissions and better conductive interactions, allowing the user to know how the vehicle and battery work. Polaris is convinced that it can provide vehicles with a range greater than the average daily usage model of its current customers. Drive, transport, tow and work with confidence with a GEM vehicle built for your Applicaton. Some electric vehicles were prohibitive, but Polaris also hopes to change this factor. Electric vehicles are rated with a “light premium,” Wine said. “They will also receive premium features, the price should be very good.” Polaris has produced some EV products, but the partnership with Scotts Valley, Calif.-based Zero, will accelerate the development of a range of electric 4x4s and snowmobiles.