Harley-Davidson Announces Electric Motorcycle
The ever popular green biker gangs are rejoicing after Harley-Davidson announced its first electric motorcycle! Okay, maybe they’re not rejoicing, but that’s because as far as most know, environmental biker gangs don’t exist. But, that doesn’t mean they won’t be springing up soon.
Harley-Davidson President Matt Levatich admits the demand for electric motorcycles is limited, but believes starting the production process will increase interest. It’s just like the demand for Shake Weights; none of us wanted one until we saw them, and then we had to have one.
Levatich said, “We think that the trends in both EV technology and customer openness to EV products, both automotive and motorcycles, is only going to increase, and when you think about sustainability and environmental trends, we just see that being an increasing part of the lifestyle and the requirements of riders. So, nobody can predict right now how big that industry will be or how significant it will be.”
The company plans to host an invitation-only event next week where several dozen riders will be taken on a 30 city tour to test drive the motorcycle. Once the riders provide feedback, Harley will use the information to refine the bike, and make it more appealing to potential consumers.
One concern about the environmentally-friendly hogs is the distance they can go before needing a charge. Currently Harley says the batteries must be recharged after 130 miles, and a total recharge can take between 30 minutes and an hour. For a daily commute that poses no problem, but many motorcyclists like taking extensive road trips on back roads. Those types of routes often don’t have charging stations, and with how far the trips are, charging will be a necessity.
Still, just the start of making more vehicles electric, instead of dirty and CO2-emitting, is a great sign for the future of electric transportation. The more types of vehicles with an electric option, the more likely people will choose them. Levatich said, “We’ve been very silent up to this point about our investment in EV technology, but now that we’re public, and we’re in this space, we expect to be involved and a part of leading the development of the standards, and the technology and the infrastructure necessary to further the acceptance and the utility of electric vehicles.” Now let’s just see if all the leather clothing is traded in for some eco fabrics!
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