Can-Am isn’t the first name when you think of motorcycle manufacturers, but the Canadian brand has a rich tradition in the two-wheeled world, especially when it comes to off-road racing.
They are getting back to their roots now though, albeit with a modern twist, as Can-Am has announced that it will return to the two-wheeled space, brining a lineup of electric motorcycles by the year 2024.
To whet our appetite, the Canadians have some renders of four bikes to come in a teaser video, and they look still very much in the concept stage, but with some intriguing attributes nonetheless.
We can see big TFT dashs, single-sided swingarms, LED lighting, and modern design attributes to what appear to be rather sporty machines. We would expect off-road and on-road variants will the unveiling comes, as well.
“With the motorcycle industry shifting to electric, we saw an opportunity to reclaim our motorcycle heritage and to re-enter the market,” said José Boisjoli, President and CEO of BRP. “This new product category is extremely important to us, and we are thrilled that Can-Am motorcycles are the first EV models in BRP’s electric lineup to be confirmed to consumers.”
“Many of us have very fond memories of riding the early dirt bike models, and now we look forward to building on the rich history of the Can-Am brand to inspire and impress a new generation of motorcyclists and electric vehicle enthusiasts.”
Technical details are of course non-existent, but we should expect good things. After all, it was Can-Am’s parent company, BRP, that grabbed up the intellectual property of Alta Motors when the electric motorcycle startup shut its doors.
For those keeping score, today’s news shouldn’t be too surprising though, as BRP has already signaled its intent to go electric a couple years ago – showing a host of machines that the Canadian mega brand could bring to market.
Can-Am’s offerings here look a bit different from the electric motorcycle concepts that BRP debuted, but we can expect that the basic underpinnings are the same.
The question now is how many electric motorcycles will Can-Am bring to market in 2024, what segments will they fill, and how compelling will be there pricing and performance? We have some time to wait. Let the speculation begin.