BRP has announced plans to offer electric vehicles in each of their product lines by the end of 2026.
In order to achieve this goal, the company is investing $300 million over five years to pay for “product development, specialized equipment, infrastructure, production tooling and facilities.”
BRP is keeping details under wraps, but said the first model will arrive within two years. It will be followed by a “rapid roll-out across all product lines.” While specifics are lacking, we can expect to see electric Sea-Doos and Can-Ams as well as electric snowmobiles from Lynx and Ski-Doo.
The EVs will use Rotax modular electric powerpack technology and be created with the assistance of a new electric vehicle development center in Canada. The latter will feature “state-of-the-art equipment including several sophisticated test benches and dynamometers, plus an ultramodern robotized manufacturing cell for electric batteries.”
BRP CEO José Boisjoli stated, “We have always said electrification was not a question of ‘if’ but a question of ‘when.’ Today, we’re very excited to unveil more details of our plan to deliver market-shaping products that will enhance the consumer experience by offering new electric options.” He added the company is “leveraging our engineering know-how and innovation capabilities to define the best strategy for developing electric-powered products.”
While a lot of questions remain, the original EV concepts give us an idea of what to expect. They included an electric Sea-Doo personal watercraft, an electric version of the Can-Am Ryker and a slick electric motorcycle.