Harley-Davidson has temporarily stopped production and shipping of its first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, due to a problem with the motorcycle's charging equipment, first reported by the Wall Street Journal . The company told Journal that LiveWire bikes are still safe, but it is asking its first customers to charge the $ 30,000 electric motorcycle only from dealers. Voltage sockets as they can be found in their homes. LiveWire bikes were delivered in September.
The LiveWire was introduced in 2014 as a concept motorcycle. The project then disappeared from the limelight for several years before Harley-Davidson re-launched the LiveWire in November 201
Harley-Davidson has positioned LiveWire as a key element of the company's larger initiative to target new, younger drivers as it seeks to turn its weak business after the recession. Nevertheless, the price of the motorcycle is in the upper range, well over $ 10,000 over the currently most expensive electric motorcycles on the market.
The publicly traded motorcycle manufacturer made only an obscure explanation about charging:  Being a leader in the electrification of motorcycles, we delivered our first LiveWire motorcycles to authorized LiveWire dealers. We recently found out in a final quality check that the condition is not up to standard. Production and deliveries discontinued; and started additional tests and analyzes that go well. We are in close contact with our LiveWire dealers and customers and have assured them that they can continue to drive LiveWire motorcycles. As always, high quality is our top priority.
Harley-Davidson is not the only company having problems with the launch of its first electric vehicle this year. In June, Audi issued a recall of the E-Tron, its electric SUV, due to concerns about battery fires (though none were reported). A few weeks later, Chinese EV startup NIO also recalled its first electric SUV after some of the vehicles caught fire.