Just as deliveries of the Harley-Davidson LiveWire began, they have been suspended.
- LiveWire is Harley-Davidson’s first production all-electric motorcycle.
- The Motor Company has plans for several more electric bikes to follow.
- Customers can continue riding the bikes that have already been delivered.
The internet is in an uproar. Headlines like “Harley pulls plug on LiveWire production shortly after EV debut” (TechCrunch); “Harley-Davidson halts production of new electric motorcycles” (CNBC); and “Harley Pauses LiveWire Electric Motorcycle Production” (Forbes) blare from every corner. The facts are more banal than the speculation that the headlines have provoked.
Harley-Davidson’s first production electric motorcycle, LiveWire. (Photo: Jason Fogelson)
We went to the horse’s mouth for a statement. According to the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, here’s the story:
“As we lead in the electrification of motorcycles, we have delivered our first LiveWire motorcycles to authorized LiveWire dealers. We recently discovered a non-standard condition during a final quality check; stopped production and deliveries; and began additional testing and analysis, which is progressing well. We are in close contact with our LiveWire dealers and customers and have assured them they can continue to ride LiveWire motorcycles. As usual, we’re keeping high quality as our top priority.”
Further information is not available at this time. We’ll update this story to keep you informed.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Harley-Davidson has a lot riding on the success of the LiveWire, a halo vehicle for their future electrification plans. Every production glitch is under the microscope, so it’s important to explore facts and not speculation to get the real story.