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Polaris to launch Indian electric motorcycle

Published: 01 March 2017

Polaris Industries, the company behind Indian and the now defunct Victory, are planning to release an electric motorcycle under the Indian name within the next five years, a senior executive has said.

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Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles at Polaris, told Reuters he wants to attract new riders with 'fun' electric motorcycles. The company will also expand the current model range with smaller capacity models.

Indian's new electric bike is expected to have a range of 120-140 miles on a single charge when ridden aggressively - the Victory Empulse had a range of 75 miles.

"The characteristics of the powertrain are going to be more applicable to be able to ride a bike in pleasure and twisties, and kind of how you would use pleasure bikes today," said Menneto.

He also declined to comment on the estimated price of the bike, but the Victory Empulse is priced at $19,999.

The move follows Indian's long rivalry with Harley-Davidson, who unveiled the LiveWire prototype electric bike in 2014, although that model has yet to make it to production.

 

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