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Harley-Davidson Temporarily Cuts Cord on LiveWire Production

Oct 15 2019

The motorcycle world is abuzz after Harley-Davidson announced on Monday that production of the all-new $29,799 LiveWire electric motorcycle will be put on hold. Temporarily.

This news comes after The Motor Company found a "non-standard condition" with the LiveWire's charging system on the heels of delivering the first production models to select dealerships across the U.S. Harley-Davidson did not divulge the exact cause of the issue, but early speculation circulating online as reported via LiveWire owners and dealers is that the problem stems from the LiveWire's inability to charge from a standard Level 1 charging station — meaning your common household electrical socket.

According to reports from Revzilla's Common Tread Blog and other news outlets, LiveWire owners are being told to charge the bike using the Level 3 DC fast-charging option available at dealerships or public charging stations. This creates an obvious inconvenience for LiveWire owners who are now forced to wait out the hour or so to achieve full charge.

Harley-Davidson released the following statement in regards to announcing a halt in LiveWire electric motorcycle production:

"We recently discovered a non-standard condition during a final quality check; 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."

Despite the setback, The Motor Company's sights are set on becoming a major player in the electric vehicle game with the hopes of replacing the aging Baby Boomers with the ever-so-elusive millennial consumers. The LiveWire and its near-$30k price tag might not be the model to do it. But we're looking forward to seeing what's next. Sound off in the comments with your thoughts!

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