Indian Bike appears to be headed towards its first electrical bike based mostly on a brand new trademark filed by the corporate.
[Update: Indian Motorcycle has responded saying that the EFTR will not be an electric version of the company’s existing FTR line (as we speculated below), but will instead be a “youth-oriented product.” It’s too soon to say what that could be, but the trademark specifically cites that it is for “electric motorcycles” and thus this could indicate a future youth-oriented electric motorbike.]
Is an electrical Indian EFTR coming?
The corporate has simply filed for a trademark for the title EFTR.
In a broad stroke, Indian Bike reportedly made the submitting on a number of continents together with with the US Patent and Trademark Workplace, the EU Mental Property Workplace, and IP Australia.
Indian Bike particularly laid out its intentions for the EFTR moniker concerning electrical bikes, writing that the title was for use for “Electrical bikes and structural components therefor.”
The corporate at the moment gives the sporty FTR 1200, which may point out that the EFTR might be a high-powered electrical bike that would rival the H-D LiveWire. With Indian and Harley each concentrating on comparable riders, the introduction of an electrical Indian will surely spice issues up within the American electrical bike market.
Indian FTR 1200 bike — may this be the premise for an Indian EFTR?
The transfer may additionally imply that Harley-Davidson would lastly face competitors on the electrical entrance from one other legacy bike producer.
At the moment, the H-D LiveWire is the one commercially obtainable electrical bike manufactured by a predominantly gas-motorcycle firm. However that may very well be altering if Indian makes progress on its EFTR.
The trademark submitting after all doesn’t embody specifics in regards to the design course of the EFTR, however there could also be a couple of extra clues lurking on the market.
Indian Bike is now owned by Polaris, which additionally owned the electrical bike firm Victory.
Again in 2015,Victory rolled out the Empulse TT however was shuttered by Polaris not lengthy after. Polaris additionally owns GEM and thus may maybe depend on some developments from that NEV platform, although the smaller motors and decrease capability batteries aren’t more likely to be straight helpful for the EFTR.
Because it stands, the EFTR would mark Polaris’ first return to electrical bikes for the reason that Empulse TT. However whether or not or not Indian would make use of any of Victory’s or Brammo’s R&D nonetheless owned by Polaris stays to be seen.
Effectively, jeez… it’s about time for one more main producer to get into the electrical sport!
Whereas I’m fairly pleased with just about every thing in regards to the LiveWire apart from its price ticket, I nonetheless assume its ridiculous that the one legacy bike producer in 2020 with a commercially obtainable electrical bike is Harley-Davidson.
The Japanese are starting make progress however are doubtless nonetheless years away from fielding a commercially obtainable electrical bike. I don’t anticipate to see Indian roll a manufacturing automobile out within the subsequent 12 months or two, however a prototype would positive be good. And the (admittedly small) step of submitting for Indian’s first electrical bike’s trademark is sweet information about what’s to come back from the corporate.
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