Harley to Develop Electric Motorcycles with Alta Motors
Harley-Davidson Inc. has made an unspecified investment in Alta Motors to help the Brisbane, Calif.-based company further develop and launch an all-electric motorcycle in 2019.
Harley unveiled its Project LiveWire prototype electric motorcycle in 2014. The motor was mounted longitudinally under the frame and used a bevel gear to drive a belt to turn the rear wheel.
Alta has supplied its Redshift architecture to Caterpillar, General Motors and Toyota for lightweight EVs. The technology includes a 5.8-kWh lithium-ion battery and a 40-hp electric motor that generates 122 lb-ft of torque.
The Redshift bulkhead functions as the outer motor casing, the cooling circuit for the motor, inverter and transmission case for the gear reduction. The system also connects the rear suspension, airframe, forged monocoque chassis and skid frame.
The little car that could still can. And this time as a car that not only gets great fuel economy, but which has ride and handling that makes it more than an econo-box (and its styling is anything but boxy).
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.
According to Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director, “We engineer and build our trucks with customers’ expectations in mind.”