Harley-Davidson, one of the most popular motorcycle manufacturers in the world have just announced that they are putting their first electric bike into production.
Harley-Davidson has been experimenting with the idea of electric motorbikes for the past four years but until now, they hadn’t put the idea into motion. The company announced today that they have finally pushed their electric motorcycle idea into production.
The first electrically powered Harley-Davidson is expected to hit the market in 2019. The new bike will be built on the performance specs of LiveWire, the same prototype electric motorcycle the company rolled out in 2014.
At the time of LiveWire electric motorcycles weren’t really economical. For example, the LiveWire itself could just reach a range of 55 miles in its economy mode and could go to 0-60 miles per hour in under four seconds.
Since then, the technology has definitely come far and wide and Harley-Davidson is now making the bike much more capable than it was.
The announcement of an electric motorcycle is more like an attempt to save the company which is seeing its sales going down. In 2017, the company experienced sales dip of 6.7% and had to cut about 800 jobs.