So, will the next wave of Harleys trade their signature thump for a subtle hum?
American motorcycle company Harley-Davidson has confirmed that its first-ever electric motorcycle will enter production within next 18 months, i.e., by July 2019.
Harley-Davidson claims that it will invest more aggressively to lead in the application of electric motorcycle technology. The Milwaukee-based company has also revealed that the electric motorcycle project is very much active, however, no other specification or detail has been shared otherwise.
Harley-Davidson is expected to develop its electric model based on the Project LiveWire concept (pictured above) that was first showcased in 2014. Then, the LiveWire concept also made a guest appearance in 2015 Hollywood movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, where it was ridden by Black Widow.
However, Harley is bound to improve upon the LiveWire concept’s range on the production-spec motorcycle. The LiveWire could only manage to go for around 80km before maxing out, which is far less than ideal for a company associated with making cruisers.
Commenting on the first electric motorcycle, Matthew Levatich, CEO Harley-Davidson said, ‘The EV motorcycle market is in its infancy today, but we believe premium Harley-Davidson electric motorcycles will help drive excitement and participation in the sport globally. As we expand our EV capabilities and commitment, we get even more excited about the role electric motorcycles will play in growing our business.’