Harley-Davidson EV Motorcycle In 18 Months
Harley-Davidson, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based motorcycle manufacturer made an announcement on January 30th regarding their plans to increase their investment in EV motorcycle technology.
The announcement was within the company’s fourth-quarter report. It was short on details for the upcoming EV motorcycle. We will have to wait on the particulars, like name, range, etc. Harley-Davidson is apparently on track to release a production model of their EV motorcycle in 18 months.
In the company’s fourth-quarter report they said. “The company is on target to launch its first electric motorcycle within 18 months. Today, the company announces it will invest more aggressively to lead in the application of electric motorcycle technology to inspire ridership among a new audience.”
“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,” stated Levatich. “As we expand our EV capabilities and commitment, we get even more excited about the role electric motorcycles will play in growing our business.”
Long Time In The Making
The company has been exploring an electric bike for years. Back in 2014 Harley-Davidson showcased their Live-wire concept electric motorcycle. Just last year they announced plans to release their first electric motorcycle in 2021. According to the company’s fourth-quarter report, the 2021 timeline has been moved back to 2018.
What To Look Forward To
There is a lot for motorcycle enthusiast to look forward to in an EV Harley-Davidson. These bikes are quiet, produce instant torque, no gears, no gas required. However, there is something to be said for the experience and feel of riding on a combustion engine.
Wait And See
We will have to wait and see if the motorcycling public is ready for the move to electric. Although the company says that these bikes are being targeted to a new audience. Harley-Davidson has invested a lot in this direction. I am sure their first release will be something we will all want to try. But will the public be ready to buy one? We will have to wait for answers to obvious questions.
- What will one cost?
- What type of battery tech is used?
- How much range will it have?
…and so on.
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