When Polaris acquired Brammo in January of this year, it was clear that this was a move to get hands on the e-bike maker's electric vehicle powertrains. Those powertrains are going to make for some great electric bikes, like the Victory Charger, but they also might find their way into other vehicles in the Polaris portfolio.
To begin, its worth saying that Polaris has plans to start manufacturing electric bikes in the latter half of the year at its Spirit Lake, Iowa facility. This factory currently builds Indian and Victory bikes. Though a Indian electric bike isn't out of the question, all signs point towards a Victory e-bike being manufactured there.
Polaris is going to use its new Brammo electric powertrains for more than just e-bikes though. History shows us that Polaris has a interest in electric vehicles. In 2009 it produced the small vehicle Breeze, and it also made an electric version of its Ranger SxS off-road vehicle. This shows us that Polaris will be looking to put electric engines in many of its small vehicles and ORVs. Another interesting possibility is an electric engine for the Slingshot trike.
The real money maker for Polaris will still be building a mainstream e-bike that has a range and charge time that is acceptable to customers. Its main compeitors right now are Harley-Davidson and its Livewire concept bike (which only has a range of 50 miles in its concept form) and Zero motorcycles, which is a leading manufacturer in the industry, but still only sold 1,300 e-bikes in 2014.
It seems like Polaris and Victory have the upper hand in this fight right now, but we will have to see how the chips fall when all is said and done.