Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) says it’s going to offer electric models in all of its product lines by the end of 2026. The Canadian company makes powersports machines, snowmobiles, watercraft, and off-road vehicles such as the Can-Am Spyder. BRP’s powersports line-up includes karts and jet skis, and in addition to Can-Am, the company also owns the Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, and Rotax brands. BRP also makes drive systems for karts, motorcycles, sports aircraft, and maritime applications.
BRP says it’s going to invest $300 million over five years in product development, specialized equipment, infrastructure, tooling, and facilities to achieve full electrification.
The company expects the first product to arrive on the market within the next two years, followed by “a rapid roll-out across all product lines.” “We have always said electrification was not a question of ‘if’ but a question of ‘when,’” said Bombadier boss José Boisjoli.
The company has indeed made several acquisitions pointing in the EV direction. The various powersports models going electric will use technology BRP is developing at an R&D facility in Gunskirchen, Austria. The development comes from Rotax, an Austrian company that is now a BRP subsidiary. Rotax recently released a snowmobile powered by fuel cells. BRP also bought Alta Motors’ assets, a California-based electric motorcycle manufacturer that commercialized a Rotax electric go-kart.
BRP is building a new EV development center in Valcourt, Québec, the company’s home town. BRP says the facility will feature “state-of-the-art equipment, including several sophisticated test benches and dynamometers, plus an ultramodern robotized manufacturing cell for electric batteries.”
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