Canadian Manufacturing

New BRP plant to make electric vehicles

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) has opened a new plant to build new products, including the Commander side-by-side electric vehicle.



SHERBROOKE, Que.—Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP) will assemble specialized motorized vehicles for governments, municipalities, institutions and agencies in a new plant in Sherbrooke, Que.

One of the specialized products being assembled at this new facility is the Can-Am Commander electric side-by-side vehicle

”We will also make the most of the technologies developed at the Centre de technologies avancées BRP-University de Sherbrooke (CTA) and produce zero-emission electric vehicles,” said José Boisjoli, president and CEO.

The Commander can reach a speed of 40 km/h and has a range of between 40 and 160 km, depending on driving habits, vehicle speed, terrain conditions, weather and battery type.

The new assembly plant will create 20 new jobs in Sherbrooke and will grow according to demand.

The first Can-Am Commander electric side-by-side vehicle goes to Sherbrooke University, BRP’s partner in the CTA that developed the vehicle’s electric technology.

After that, they are up for grabs.

“We will recruit from within our existing dealer network to develop the business and gradually expand as market demand grows.” said Mihai Rasidescu, vice-president, Specialized Vehicles Group.

“We will go out in phases and, starting July 1, 2012, the Can-Am Commander electric side-by-side vehicle will be on sale at some BRP dealers in Québec, Ontario and Alberta, and in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas and Virginia.”

BRP designs, develops, manufactures, distributes and markets of motorized recreational vehicles, including: Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and boats, Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax engines002E

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