Polaris to Launch Line of E-Bikes

September 16, 2012
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Polaris Press release: Polaris Electric Bicycles has introduced a new line of electric bicycles in partnership with EVantage. The Polaris brand entering the electric bicycle category is a major move toward making electric bicycles a viable mainstream recreational option in the U.S., according to a news release from EVantage. The new Polaris bikes will be launched at Interbike 2012, Sept. 19-21 in Las Vegas.

“The Polaris name has always been synonymous with superior design and quality, and these electric bicycles are no exception,” EVantage president Brandon Kaplan said. “Each and every detail was crafted with the consumer in mind, which stays true to Polaris’ inherent need to provide usable and applicable products to their customers. These electric bikes are an expansion of this brand, with its great history, while also paving a way toward new trends in transportation.”

Polaris Strive

The Polaris e-bikes feature new proprietary technology in their motor, battery, and controller systems:

Motor system

DuoDrive is the propelling force behind every Polaris electric bicycle. Patent pending, DuoDrive technology allows the motor to use both speed and high torque, switching from a SpeedDrive configuration on flat or low intensity terrain to a TorqueDrive configuration on hilly or other high resistance terrain. The Smart Control system automatically manages the drive mode, changing to accommodate the ride environment.

ARC regenerative braking

The ARC Regen system is an energy recovery system that captures power through both regenerative braking and when the bike exceeds 20mph, returning power to the battery supply.

IC dashboard

The onboard display reveals Speed, Trip Distance, Odometer, Battery Range, and a Carbon Footprint Readout. The rider can control the assist levels and integrated LED lighting (on select models) from the IC Dash as well.

Not Just Another E-Bike

Most electric bikes are either throttle controlled or pedal assist. However, Polaris e-bikes feature both power on demand (through the use of a throttle) and pedal assistance (the motor provides power assistance during the regular pedal motion). The throttle works just like a throttle on a scooter or motorcycle would and there is no need to pedal. The pedal assist mode will match or exceed the rider’s pedal power to give them assistance in riding. A rider can choose the type of assistance needed based on the ride.

Vector, Strive and Meridian

With three different lines and a total of seven models, Polaris bikes hit all the niches. The Vector line includes all around rugged e-bikes designed to go from the trail to the street and every place in between. The Strive line features touring models, built for comfort and ease.

The Meridian line targets the urban commuter with its sleek European styling, fenders and front LED lighting. All models of e-bikes will be distributed throughout the Independent Bicycle Dealer networks, as well as select Polaris dealerships nationwide.

Polaris is Serious about Electric Vehicles.

Over the past couple of years, Polaris has been strategically working its way into the light electric vehicle (LEV) field. Polaris purchased GEM (Global Electric Motorcars), neighborhood electric vehicle company, and has recently relaunched the line. Polaris additionally acquired Goupil Industrie SA, a commercial light electric vehicle manufacturer and has made a sizeable investment in Brammo electric motorcycles. The introduction of a Polaris branded electric bicycle is a natural extension in brand development.

EVantage is a developer of electric drive systems and high performance electric bicycles. Founded in 2009, with offices in Miami Beach, Fla., Boston and Hong Kong, EVantage designs motor systems to include proprietary technology that meets the fast evolving demands of the light electric vehicle category. They specialize in providing the whole package: engineering, design, and development. Their electric bicycles are designed as a complete system to include not only the electric components, but also the bike design itself. The result is a complete and unique electric bike experience, rather than an added-on off-the-shelf product.

Proprietary technology is the benchmark for any EVantage system, currently driven by their DuoDrive motor technology. With facilities in the USA and Hong Kong, EVantage is a developer of full line products as well as an OEM supplier of electric motor systems.

Eric has been involved in the electric bike industry since 2002 when he started a 6000 square foot brick and mortar Electric Bike store in downtown San Francisco. He is a true believer that small electric vehicles can change the way we operate and the way we think.


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