Harley-Davidson has halted production on the LiveWire, shortly after the first electric Harley came on sale. Though sales of the $30,000 bike had been slower than expected, the reason for the halt has to do with at-home charging.
The company suggests that no one charge the LiveWire at home, unless they have a professional-type charger available at dealerships. Those DC chargers can fill the bike with electrons in an hour, vs a 10-hour charge from an AC outlet.
This is a second disappointment for the beloved American motorcycle manufacturer, who has high hopes for their new electric motorcycle offerings, led by LiveWire, to invigorate their slumping sales as older riders age out.
“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,” the company said in a statement on Monday. “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.”
The company has been unclear as to what the “non-standard condition” is. Stay tuned, we’ll report more information as soon as we have it.