EVs don’t just end at cars, vans and trucks. Motorbikes have a part to play too. And Harley Davidson recently announced that it ‘will establish a new research and development facility in Northern California to support its future product portfolio, including the company’s first complete line of electric vehicles.’
“Recently we shared with the world our accelerated plans to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally,” said Matt Levatich, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc. “This new R&D facility in the heart of Silicon Valley will help us deliver on those plans and demonstrate our commitment to lead the electrification of the sport.”
Earlier in the year, Harley-Davidson shared details of its “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan. And as part of that strategy, Harley-Davidson will launch its first electric motorcycle, LiveWire™, in 2019. That motorcycle will be the first in a broad, no-clutch “twist and go” portfolio of electric two-wheelers designed by the company. It will be followed by additional models through 2022.
The new facility in California, which will serve as a satellite of the Willie G. Davidson Product Development Facility in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, is expected to open at the end of 2018, focussing initially on EV research and development, including battery, power electronics and e-machine design, development and advanced manufacturing.
“This is an exciting time in Harley-Davidson’s incredible history, and it’s also an exciting time to join our company and help shape our future,” said Levatich.
For more information on the “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” plan, click here www.harley-davidson.com