Harley-Davidson Stops Output of Electric Bike
Harley-Davidson Inc. has stopped production and delivery of its first electric motorcycle model, the LiveWire, because of an undisclosed flaw.
Customers have been able to order the highly promoted $29,800 bike (pictured) in the U.S. since January. Shipments to dealers began about three weeks ago. The 105-hp bike has a 15.5-kWh battery that provides a range of 145 miles per charge.
The iconic motorcycle maker added the LiveWire to its lineup to appeal to younger and more environmentally minded riders. But Reuters says dealers are reporting that most early orders for the electric bike have come from the company’s older, existing customers.
Harley-Davidson ’s global motorcycle sales have contracted 7% in each of the past two years. Volume in 2018 fell to 228,100 bikes, led by a 10% decline to 132,900 units in the U.S.
Chinese electric-car startup Nio Inc. is forming a manufacturing joint venture with Beijing E-Town International Investment and Development Co., which is investing 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in the business.
The Tesla Model 3 is certainly one of the most controversial cars to be launched in some time, with production models (a comparative handful, admittedly) presented on a stage with a throng of people treating it like it was an event with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, all at the same time.
Hyundai enters the American market with a new parallel hybrid system that uses lithium-polymer batteries and the same six-speed automatic found in non-hybrid versions of the 2011 Sonata.