electric bicycles in partnership with components maker EVantage in a major move towards making electric bicycles a viable mainstream recreational option in the U.S.
To develop a full and complete line, Polaris & EVantage set out
to not only meet, but exceed the standards of performance, design, and
materials engineering in the industry. All Polaris e-bikes have been
from the ground up with the customer’s needs in mind first. Every
component, from the frame to the EVantage DuoDrive motor and battery
system, embodies elements of Polaris standards.
“The Polaris name has always been synonymous with superior design and
quality, and these electric bicycles are no exception,” says EVantage
President Brandon Kaplan. “Each and every detail was crafted
consumer in mind, which stays true to Polaris’ inherent need to provide
usable and applicable products to their customers. These electric bikes
are an expansion of this brand, with its great history, while also
paving a way toward new trends in transportation.
Over the past couple of years, Polaris has been strategically working
its way into the light electric vehicle (LEV) field. Polaris purchased
GEM (Global Electric Motorcars), neighborhood electric vehicle company,
has recently relaunched the line. Polaris additionally acquired Goupil
Industrie SA, a commercial light electric vehicle manufacturer and has
made a sizeable investment in Brammo electric motorcycles. The
introduction of a Polaris branded electric bicycle is a natural extension in brand development.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with
annual 2011 sales of $2.7 billion. Polaris designs, engineers,
manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles
all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER®
side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road
electric/hybrid powered vehicles. Polaris is among the global sales
leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a
presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with
the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris
continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid vehicle
industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) and Goupil Industrie SA,
and internally developed vehicles.
EVantage is a developer of electric drive systems and high
performance electric bicycles. Founded in 2009, with offices in Miami
Beach, FL, Boston, MA, and Hong Kong, EVantage designs motor systems to
include proprietary technology that meet the fast evolving demands of
the electric vehicle category. They specialize in providing the whole
package: engineering, design and development. Their electric bicycles
are designed as a complete system to include not only the electric
components, but also the bike design bike itself. The result is a
complete and unique electric bike experience, rather than an add-on, off
the shelf product. With facilities in the USA and Hong Kong, EVantage
is a developer of full line products as well as an OEM supplier of
electric motor systems.
Website : http://polarisebikes.com/