Yuan Some Too? - America's Mission Motors May Partner With China's Zongshen

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Mission Motors

Boutique European motorcycle manufacturers aren't the only ones looking to Asia for rescue. American eBike pioneers Mission Motors recently signed a letter of intent with Chinese giant Zongshen Power Machinery. This potential partnership would give Zongshen access to Mission's proprietary electric-vehicle technology and allow Mission access to Zongshen's high-volume, low-cost manufacturing-not to mention a much-needed influx of capital to allow the struggling start-up to continue development of its radical, record-holding Mission One sportbike. Zongshen has requested a three-year plan from the Bay Area firm, and if the two companies can come to an agreement, the partnership could be complete as soon as this summer.

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