Harley hasn't decided yet whether it will sell start selling an electric motorbike (Phoro: Harley-Davidson)
Harley-Davidson, maker of iconic motor bikes, is piloting an electric motorcycle to see whether bike riders are interested in a different kind of propulsion.
Consumers across the US will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike and their comments will help the company decide whether it will go into production. The test, which will also come to Europe in 2015, is called "Project LiveWire."
Though Harley hasn't announced plans for a production version of the electric bike, it said on its Web site that it is looking to hire electric vehicle technology experts. The company is looking for a director of EV technology, who will be responsible for "driving successful execution of the largest, most strategically important production and innovation Electric Vehicle (EV) projects, including the design and development of large and moderate size new electric vehicle projects," Harley said on its site.
The motorcycle maker'sÂ chief marketing officer, Mark-Hans Richer, said the electric bike is "an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric."
He added that the electric motorcycle, which has a longitudinal powertrain inspired by superchargers used on top fuel dragsters,Â is characterized by fast acceleration and a new and appealing sound. "The sound is a distinct part of the thrill,” Richer said in a press statement. “Think fighter jet on an aircraft carrier."