According to a report from Reuters, Indian is working on an electric motorcycle.
Supposedly, a single charge could take the new bike as far as 225 km while being ridden aggressively, which is a far cry (no pun intended) from the Empulse TT electric bike that Indian’s parent company Polaris just axed.
The new electric Indian would theoretically debut in the next four or five years, Reuters said.
There’s no word on what the new battery bike would be called, or what it would look like. While most of Victory’s lineup espoused traditional cruiser styling, the Empulse TT kept the sportbike lines originally developed when Brammo owned the design. Will the new Indian electric bike have similar sporting intentions, or will it tend towards the muscle cruiser genre, as Harley-Davidson’s Livewire concept does?
Indian’s competition with Harley-Davidson in the electric segment will be interesting to watch. Emerging battery technology could give either manufacturer a chance to reinvent themselves for a new generation of riders, but will they take it? Will they have any choice? Harley-Davidson is supposed to release their first electric motorcycle by 2020; expect the next few years to be have lots of competition in the North American motorcycle manufacturing industry.