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Is a new Norton electric motorcycle is in the works?

The government gives Norton £4m to create `green motorcycle`, along with other projects
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Saturday, 04, Jul 2015 04:14

by Ellie Pritchard

Norton's latest press release teases new electric motorcycle

It looks as though big plans are currently being put into place by Norton, which could see the UK manufacturer entering into the production of a new electric bike soon.

Although not officially confirmed, the British company's latest press release all but states it will begin production on an electric bike, following making reference to a "new green motorcycle".

There have been other Chinese whispers spreading around the internet, claiming that Norton is planning to develop an up-to-date, more efficient and higher performing engine. However, we at MotorbikeTimes can't help but notice that every time a manufacturer plans on creating an electric bike, the word "greener" always manages to creep in.

If that's not enough to convince you, Norton will be spending £7.5 million for the purpose of development, creating jobs and a "green motorcycle".

A huge £4 million has been awarded to Norton from the government, through the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI), following George Osborne's visit to the Norton factory last week, as reported by MotorbikeTimes previously.

According to the press release, along with its 11 supply chain partners, Norton has been making exciting arrangements for the coming years. Together, they aim to build a 10,000 square feet manufacturing facility, develop a new clean motorcycle engine technology in the UK which will power a new green motorcycle within two years and set up a new British Motorcycle Manufacturing Academy (BMMA) to train and supply the next generation of engineering apprentices.

Of the new project, Norton motorcycle chief executive, Stuart Garner, said: "Norton is an iconic British brand revered around the world. We've worked steadfastly in the last six years to bring Norton back with an authentic British built motorcycle. Training and skills are key to our industry. Putting down a dedicated Academy for the British motorcycle industry finally gives us a sustainable future."

The new plans put in place by Norton are set to create an estimated 159 jobs over the next two years, along with another 600 jobs that should become available within the next five years, including around 200 engineering apprenticeships, so that motorcycle manufacturing can be boosted in the UK.

It wouldn't be a massive surprise if Norton releases an electric bike in the near future, press release or not. Another incentive would be Norton's ambitious plans to get there before the other big name in British motorcycling: Triumph.

Don't start raiding your piggy bank just yet though - Norton has indicated that the "green bike" won't be ready for another two years.

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