Zero, headquartered in California, was founded in 2006 and mainly produces electric motorcycles and currently has 9 bicycles. Polaris has a wide range of vehicles, including traditional and side-by-side ATVs, snowmobiles, Slingshot 3-wheelers and Indian motorcycles.
The 10-year agreement will combine Zero’s electric drivetrain expertise with Polaris’s off-road vehicle manufacturing experience. Polaris will use zero powertrain hardware and software to develop and sell vehicles.
This partnership is part of Polaris "rEV'd up" business plan, which requires at least one electrical option in each of its core product categories by 2025.
Polaris already has some experience with electric vehicles. In 2011, the company acquired Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a manufacturer of low-speed community electric vehicles. Four years later, Polaris acquired Brammo, an electric motorcycle company, and developed the Ranger EV ATV using the company's powertrain technology. In 2016, Polaris acquired Taylor-Dunn, a manufacturer of small electric vehicles for industrial and commercial purposes.
It is unclear what competition the Polaris and Zero will have. Nikola Motors made fun of the electric UTV in 2018, but has hardly heard of the project since. Tesla launched Cyberquad at last year’s Cybertruck reveal event, but this seems to be a zero motor made of gasoline and Yamaha Raptor.
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