Polaris to release electric bicycle

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Maybe Polaris's eBikes will become a viable commuter solution.
Maybe Polaris's eBikes will become a viable commuter solution.
Maybe Polaris’s eBikes will become a viable commuter solution.

It appears Polaris might have fooled us.

Back in 2011, we told you Polaris was working with electric motorcycle builder Brammo. At the time, we assumed it meant an electric motorcycle was coming from Polaris, but that doesn’t exactly seem to be the case; instead, they’re building an electric bicycle.

The new machines (imaginatively called the Polaris eBike) can travel up to 48 kms on a single charge, at speeds up to 32 kph. The bike gets its power from a compact lithium ion battery that users can remove the the bike and recharge (it takes 4-6 hours to recharge).

There will be several models, including a mountain bike and a step-through. They’ll have an MSRP of $2,499 and be available at independent bicycle shops, Victory dealers, Polaris dealers and electric vehicle stores.

Polaris claims the new bicycles have all sorts of advanced technology; we realize most motorcyclists aren’t that interested, so if you want more details, look for ’em here. There does seem to be quite a bit of interesting engineering involved.

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