Harley Davidson Plans Foray Into Electric Bike Segment

| January 31 , 2018 , 19:47 IST

Harley Davison may soon start producing electric motorcycles. Harley-Davidson's CEO Matt Levatich on Tuesday said that an electric motorcycle would be arriving in 18 months.

Harley will invest more aggressively to lead in the application of electric motorcycle technology. This announcement came after the fourth-quarter earning report of Harley-Davidson, which witnessed the downfall in Harley’s sales. The announcement was accompanied by the news of additional job cuts and a plant closure in Kansas city.

As per reports, the yet to be named bike would carry a 50-mile range and would be able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds.

The new electric Harley-Davidson could be based on the Project LiveWire showcased in 2014. "You've head us talk about the Project LiveWire, It's an active project we're preparing to bring to market within 18 months.” Levitach reportedly said during an investor call after the quarterly report.

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"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," Levatich added.

Harley-Davidson is one of the few major manufacturers to commit to a production electric motorcycle. So far, only KTM has introduced an electric version model of its off-road range.