Valcourt, a Quebec manufacturer that also makes snowmobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and personal watercraft, has launched the first two models in the company’s line of all-electric motorcycles. Specifically, the Sea-Doo Rise electric surfboard, the Can-Am Origin and the Can-Am Pulse. In mid-2024, all three properties will be sold. It’s part of a larger effort to electrify vehicles.
Can-Am was well known in the 1970s and 1980s for its high performance motocross and trials bikes. However, the company secretly shut down its motorcycle business in 1987. Still, the name reappeared in 2006 on various three-wheelers and tricycles. Can-Am, on the other hand, has begun integrating technology assets created by Alta Motors, an American electric motorcycle maker that went out of business in 2018. The Origin and Pulse are just the first two, in a key step towards the electrification of its production lines. BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products Inc) unveiled one of its plans to revive Can-Am in March 2022 as the motorcycle industry began to take steps to switch to electric propulsion.
The new Can-Am Origin: the Dual Sport
Two new models are offered by the company for on-road and off-road driving. They advertised these new engines as perfect for both novice and expert pilots. It is aimed at those looking for an electric bike for commuting or for the pleasure of riding.
They’re gearing one of the two bikes for adventure, as you’d expect from a company whose brand is all about off-roading. The Can-Am Origin, which is the larger of the two models, reflects the company’s heritage as a dual-sport known as Track ‘n’ Trail. Have an upright ADV riding position, off-road wheels and tires, high seat and ride height, and an electric motor.
The Can-Am Origin dual-sport nature could possibly rival in a class the Zero FX. Rotax E-POWER, a new BRP electric power system, 21-inch spoked front wheel and other prints are all positive signs of stock. Can-Am claims the Origin will deliver “smooth and precise” power. This will be best suited to constrained and tricky low-speed situations. Can-Am also claims the new E-POWER unit will allow cruising speeds and allow for plenty of horsepower and torque. The design also features a clutchless single-speed transmission, a reactionary single-sided swingarm, LED lighting and distinctive styling that reminds us a bit of a Husqvarna Norden 901 built from minifigures.
The new Can-Am Pulse: the Highway Fighter
On the other hand, the Can-Am Pulse looks like an electric motorcycle that is better suited for commuting around town. The all new LiveWire Del Mar is most definitely the target. During its presentation, BRP referred to highway speeds. So we expect the bike to go at least 75 mph and possibly much more. Recently, the US market for light electric motorcycles has begun to develop rapidly. With bikes like the Zero FXE potentially in closer competition with it.
While there aren’t many details available for the Can-Am Pulse, many underlying concepts and design elements, including the E-POWER propulsion system, appear to be the same. The Can-Am Pulse inherits its stablemate’s single-sided swingarm, huge digital display and color scheme. But replaces the Origin’s spoked wheels with a pair of alloy hoops and adopts the look and spec of the racer.
Manufacturers are using creative design techniques, one of the most appealing aspects of electric motorcycles. Others have adopted the sports bike look, but several e-bikes have a futuristic appearance. The transition from a gas-powered bike to a modern version is all the more enticing if you look closely. You can even find possibilities that combine a current electric platform with a vintage style. Both the Pulse and Origin have smart details, most notably in the striking headlight configuration. Additionally, both bikes have bold sculpted fairings that integrate the large battery into the design in a more subtle and attractive way than some other EVs before.
Can-Am motorcycles, planned for 2024
You will be disappointed if you were hoping to find out more about this powertrain. Until August 2023, the only information we learn about the pair’s electric motor system is that it will be BRP’s Rotax E-power. They will deliver the bikes with an all-new hydraulic spool for BRP’s water-loving Seadoo line. And the range should be available in 2024.
To electrify its current product lines by 2026, BRP has committed to investing $300 million over five years. It seems that BRP is trying to maintain our curiosity while establishing its brand. While it’s too early to determine exact costs, Boisjoli predicts that these bikes will cost more than their gas-powered counterparts, but consumers will still be happy with the end value of the product.