In late 2019, BRP-Rotax announced plans to develop a range of at least half a dozen fully electric Powersports vehicles for a number of the companies under its wider umbrella. In addition to teasing several mopeds, a Ryker EV, and an electric Sea-Doo GTI, the Austrian outfit also revealed that it was working on an electric motorcycle lineup. And after three years of contending with the hurdles and obstacles brought on by a global pandemic, BRP-Rotax has now revealed the fruit of its R&D with a pair of all-electric Can-Am motorcycles known as the Origin and the Pulse.
Riding on 16-arm cast wheels, the Pulse is an urban-focused, naked sportbike with a modernized, cafe racer influence. Taking its name from the Canadian company’s off-road roots, the Can-Am Origin is an adventure-inspired dual-sport model with fork guards, a truncated navigation tower, and spoked wheels shod in all-terrain rubber. Both models will also feature the all-new Rotax E-Power powertrain — one of the Austrian engine-maker’s first electric motor and battery systems after more than a century of producing world-renowned petrol-fed powertrains. However. aside from mentioning that the system is equipped with Level 2 charging capabilities, Can-Am and Rotax have yet to reveal any additional details surrounding the Pulse and Origin’s powertrain.
Alongside the new E-Power system, both models also share a futuristic design language with the same “tank” design, single-sided swing-arms, TFT displays, five-unit LED headlight arrangements, belly pans capping off the batteries, a single front disc braking setup supplemented via a smaller single disc out back, and mono posto tail sections capped off with waspish seat cowls with LED taillights. The Origin’s tail section also appears to sport a removable cowl that grants access to a looped luggage rack that’s been integrated into the bike’s subframe.
Can-Am has yet to reveal pricing, availability, specs, or delivery dates, however, interested parties can sign up to receive updates on the Canadian company’s website. With that said, we anticipate these two new two-wheelers to hit the market sometime within the next two years — if not sooner.