Polaris rolls out electric-assist bicycle

Publish Date: 
Sep 21, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Polaris Industries caused quite a stir at the primarily pedal-powered Interbike show with the launch of its new electric bicycle.

Polaris is launching a line of five electric-powered bicycle models designed to meet a broad range of rider’s needs. Evantage is an electric motor company working solely with Polaris to develop its full range of electric assist bicycles.

Polaris e-bikes president Brandon Kaplan told Gas2.org the key to the Polaris-Evantage is DuoDrive technology, which automatically adjusts the power delivery from 8w to as much as 600w depending on riding conditions like the grade of the hill. The bikes also feature regenerative braking from the disc brakes, a locking detachable battery that can be carried inside to recharge while the bike is parked. A feature called BioSync reads the rider’s power output as they pedal, and tells the motor how much power to deliver, to give the smoothest possible ride.

The e-bikes are Polaris latest foray into electric vehicles. The company bought Chrysler’s GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) division in April 2011, took a minority stake in Brammo the following October and bought French electric fleet vehicle maker Goupil SA a month later.

Posted by Holly Wagner