The production version of the Harley-Davidson Project Livewire will enter the international market within 18 months, the company confirmed to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The news comes amidst the American brand’s plans to shut down its manufacturing plant in Kansas City, USA due to poor sales and profitability. The brand will reportedly shut the factory down in the fall of 2019 and will shift production to its York plant in Pennsylvania. Coming back to the Harley-Davidson Livewire, Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer told the journal that the brand is embracing the project ‘wholeheartedly’. This will help the brand attract more customers.
The Harley-Davidson Project Livewire made its global debut in June, 2014. The bike has a futuristic take on Harley’s design philosophy with an exposed chassis, monoshock rear suspension, LED headlights and taillights and a fully digital instrument console. The riding position is sportier than the traditional Harleys too.
The electric powertrain sits in the usual place of the IC engine; and transfers the power via a toothed belt drive. The prototype had an output of around 74 PS of power and 70 Nm of torque. The launch of this motorcycle is in line with the brand’s plans of launching 100 new bikes by 2027.
[Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]