Well, that fizzled out rather suddenly.
Harley-Davidson’s first ever all-electric motorcycles were supposed to start shipping in August, but only made it to a few dealers earlier this month. Now, production is suspended indefinitely as of Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Deliveries also were paused, all because of a charging equipment issue. The WSJ said the motorcycle company was testing charging and advised customers and dealers to use only professional chargers at dealerships, avoiding home outlets to add juice to their battery-powered vehicles.
Apparently the bikes are still safe to ride, and the issue is isolated to the charging unit.
We reached out to Harley-Davidson for more information on the production and delivery stoppage for the new electric bicycles.
The LiveWire website is still up as of Monday afternoon, boasting a 146-mile range on the 2020 vehicle, acceleration from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds, and a “jolt of zen” for a $29,799 starting price.
Just this summer, Electrify America, the Volkswagen-backed charging network, announced an agreement to provide LiveWire owners free charging for two years.
From the WSJ reporting, an analyst estimated only 1,600 LiveWire bikes were built so far. Now it’s down to zero, skidding to a screeching halt.
Unlike the scrapped Dyson electric car project, the LiveWire sounds like it should be back to production eventually.