BRP Begins Construction of Electric Research & Development Rotax Facility in Austria


 

BRP, the parent company to brands like Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, and Can-Am, has just announced their engine manufacturing division Rotax is celebrating a groundbreaking ceremony for the new EV research and development building in Austria.

As quoted by the BRP official Facebook page “Our colleagues at BRP-Rotax recently celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for our new EV R&D building in Austria where our electric drive components will be developed and extensively tested. This is a key milestone in our electric vehicle strategy! We are looking forward to offering electric models in each of our existing product lines by the end of 2026. #BRPelectric

With the previous announcements of the E-GTI concept Sea-Doo – based upon the existing GTI 3-seater runabout platform introduced for the 2020 model line – it rides on a Polytech 2.0 hull (meaning a proprietary-blend of polypropylene and infused fiberglass stringers for added support) with an injection-molded CM-Tech deck. Details pertaining to the E-GTI’s electric powertrain and the charging system have remained sealed from the public for the time being.

BRP also announced, they are bringing back the Can-Am motorcycle with an electric lineup. As stated by BRP in a press release below, “With the motorcycle industry shifting to electric we saw an opportunity to reclaim our motorcycle heritage and to re-enter the market. This new product category is extremely important to us and we are thrilled that Can-Am motorcycles are the first EV models in the BRP electric lineup to be confirmed to consumers.”

This comes after BRP invested 300 million in electrifying across all product lines. As said by BRP, “BRP announced its five-year plan where it will offer electric models in each of its product lines by the end of 2026. To achieve this, BRP plans to invest $300M over five years in product development, specialized equipment, infrastructure, production tooling and facilities”.

 

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Julian Ramirez

Julian Ramirez is an avid PWC enthusiast. He grew up in the desert of west Texas riding dirt bikes from his youth and old school VW sand rails. Until one day during A family camping trip. Julian convinces his dad that they should get a pair of JetSki‘s just to have fun with. After those first JetSki‘s it was over for Julian, he fell in love with the watercraft industry and the camaraderie and support that the community brings.

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