Harley-Davidson Is Making an Electric Motorcycle


Harley-Davidson riders unveil Project LiveWire on New York’s Manhattan Bridge on June 23, 2014. Photographer: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America

By Hannah Elliott

On Tuesday, during a routine earnings call, Harley-Davidson Inc. announced it will produce an all-electric motorcycle.

The announcement accompanied news of additional job cuts and a plant closure at the Milwaukee-based company. It also came four years after Harley unveiled its “LiveWire” project, a prototype all-electric motorcycle.

“You’ve heard us talk about Project LiveWire,” Matt Levatich, the president and chief executive officer of Harley-Davidson, told listeners during the call on Tuesday. “It’s an active project we’re preparing to bring to market within 18 months.

”If it is anything like its precursor, the new motorcycle, which was not named, will carry a roughly 50-mile range and be able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds. By comparison, Zero’s SR hits 60mph in 3.3 seconds, and the Mission R racer has a top speed of more than 150mph, with a sub-3-second sprint time. A standard Ducati Monster 1200 motorcycle can hit 60mph […]

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