Production of Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle stopped due to quality concerns

Shortly after debuting it’s first electric motorcycle dubbed LiveWire, Harley-Davidson appears to have hit a snag as the company announced Monday that production of the EM has been stopped while the company investigates an apparent quality issue.

Starting at $37,250CDN, the LiveWire has a 78 kW (105 hp) electric motor that pumps out 86 lbs.-ft. of torque. That power comes from a 15.5kWh battery manufactured by Samsung. It can be fully charged overnight using the included Level 1 trickle charger. It can also be charged by a Level 3 charger which can replenish the battery from 0% to 80% in 40 minutes. When fully charged, it can give the rider up to 235km of range.

In a statement from Harley-Davidson, the company says that will under investigation, riders are being asked to only charge using the DC fast charging, and not the Level 1 trickle charging, indicating a potential problem with the Level 1 charging.

As we lead in the electrification of motorcycles, we have delivered our first LiveWire motorcycles to authorized LiveWire dealers. We recently discovered a non-standard condition during a final quality check. We stopped production and deliveries, and began additional testing and analysis, which is progressing well. We are in close contact with our LiveWire dealers and customers and have assured them they can continue to ride LiveWire motorcycles. As usual, we’re keeping high quality as our top priority.

For customers who have taken delivery of LiveWire motorcycles, we’ve assured them they can continue to ride, and we’ve asked them to only use DC fast charging at this time.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire

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