The subsequent “Alta” bike may very well be Canadian.
For the previous few months, numerous us have been questioning no matter occurred to Alta Motors. The modern and promising Californian firm light off the map with none bells and whistles after a easy “thanks for believing in us” Fb submit. It’s since been full radio silence as to the religion of the electrical bike model, Alta seemingly attempting to maintain its head out of the water and discover new buyers. Seems to be like as exhausting because it tried, no deal got here by way of—a part of the corporate’s property at the moment are heading north of the border.
In a press launch, Quebec-based Bombardier Leisure Merchandise (BRP) has introduced it had purchased sure property from Sooner Sooner Inc, Alta Motors’ guardian firm. The transaction contains sure patents and “bodily property” (bikes?) in addition to sure mental property.
BRP, maker of the CanAm Spyder and Ryker and of the Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo lineups, has been keen on growing extra electrical leisure autos for just a few years now. Amongst different issues, it launched the Commander, an electrical S x S automobile just a few years in the past, and has even been concerned in electrical karting with its firm Rotax.
What does that imply for Alta Motors? The information isn’t good: BRP clarified that it has little interest in kickstarting the US model’s actions. No info as to what or what number of property have modified possession has been launched; it’s exhausting to find out whether or not Alta has something left to work with or not. With fewer playing cards in hand, we are able to’t inform for positive whether or not this can be a technique from the corporate to zap issues again into life and begin issues sluggish, or whether or not this actually marks the tip of the decade-old model. Whereas till now it appeared apparent that the corporate was gone, there’s nonetheless a sliver of hope that it would creep its approach again.
What it does imply, is that if BRP decides to dabble within the electrical bike market, no matter it can give you will probably have Alta Motors DNA. Silver lining or slap within the face?