Striking Can-Am Pulse and Origin EVs launched as brand returns to two-wheels

Can-Am unveils its first new motorcycles in 35 years with the launch of the electric Can-Am Origin dual-sport and Can-Am Pulse roadster, due in 2024

Can-Am Origin, Can-Am Pulse

Can-Am has revealed the models that will spearhead its return to the two-wheel market with the launch of electric Can-Am Origin and Can-Am Pulse, its first motorcycles in 35 years.

The Canadian company - owned by Bombardier Recreational Products - produced motorcycles during the 1970s and 1980s, earning its reputation on the back of a motocross and off-road range of models that achieved success on the North American racing scene.

The brand was wound down again in 1987 before being revived by BRP in 2006 as part of a range of three-wheel motorcycles and trikes.

With the motorcycle market taking the first steps towards transitioning to electric power, BRP announced in March 2022 of its plans to resurrect Can-Am as a two-wheel motorcycle brand using electric powertrains, teasing four new models as part of its presentation. 

Six months on and two of these - the Origin and Pulse - have been unveiled boasting an eye-catching design language that, at least in our eyes, hides the traditionally bulky battery packs more successfully when compared with other ungainly rivals, namely the LiveWire Del Mar and models in the Zero range.

While we reckon the neo-contemporary styling and colour swatches may potentially get Husqvarna’s lawyers shuffling some papers, the chunky fairing, sporty detailing and stylised headlight make both models - especially the Pulse - stand out, while at the same time blending in with its discreet battery packaging.

The Origin - the larger of the two models on display and perhaps the most divisive looking [above] - is a dual-purpose off-roader aimed at the likes of the Zero FX and petrol-powered Kawasaki KL. Inspired by Can-Am’s ‘Track ‘n’ Trail’ roots, the Origin is designed to offer capable off-road ability and brisk on-road performance without heavy running costs.

The more urban-focused Can-Am Pulse roadster [below] appears destined as a rival for the new LiveWire Del Mar and has been designed to offer a responsive and fun riding experience on the commute.

Technical specifications have not been shared, but Can-Am has made the most of BRP’s part-ownership of esteemed engine builders Rotax - who have previously worked with Aprilia and BMW - to develop the ‘Rotax E-Power’, which it says has focused on extracting ‘plenty’ of performance and torque

“Today, our story of innovation reaches new heights with the reveal of market-shaping electric products that will enhance consumer experience on the road, ” said José Boisjoli, President and CEO of BRP. 

“Half a century ago, Can-Am roared to victory on the track and the trail, and today, a new legacy begins. With the Can-Am Origin and Can-Am Pulse, the first two models of our electric 2-wheel family, we are gearing up to reclaim our motorcycle heritage by crafting thrilling riding experiences for a whole new generation.”

The Can-Am Pulse and Can-Am Origin are slated for 2024 launches.