The iconic American manufacturer goes electric
The guys at Harley-Davidson are taking the green path. The company's CEO, Matthew Levatich, broke the news about the company’s financial problems and their intention to put into production the first electric Harley. The iconic American brand seems to embrace the future and 18 months from now we will see an electric machine.
Harley-Davidson is not new to the electric motorcycle scene. Back in 2014, HD released an electric motorcycle project called Livewire. Project Livewire was the first Harley to feature LED lights and LCD dash. The concept shared the iconic chopper looks and carefully chosen colors.
Will it be a Harley without the iconic engine noise?
We doubt that the electric Harley will feature a speaker to reproduce the iconic V-twin engine sound, but the big question is the autonomy and lifetime of the batteries. The guys at HD will need at least 100 miles per charge and at least 2-3 year battery lifetime. To accomplish this task, the company has to find a partner that has experience in this domain. The alternative to a partner will be to develop the electric bike in-house and, this might take more than 18 months to accomplish.