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Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle production halted temporarily [UPDATE]

It's not yet clear how long the stoppage will last

2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire
2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire
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UPDATE: According to a statement from Harley-Davidson, production of the LiveWire electric motorcycle has resumed.

“After completing rigorous analysis this week, we have resumed LiveWire production and deliveries,” Harley-Davidson said in a statement. “Customers may continue riding their LiveWire motorcycle and are able to charge the motorcycle through all methods. Temporarily stopping LiveWire production allowed us to confirm that the non-standard condition identified on one motorcycle was a singular occurrence.”

CHICAGO — Harley-Davidson said on Monday it has stopped production and deliveries of the LiveWire, its first electric motorcycle after discovering a glitch in the final quality checks.

The motorcycle maker said it has discovered a "non-standard condition" with LiveWire, which it began shipping to its dealers late last month, prompting additional testing and analysis.

While the company said its testing is progressing "well," it did not offer a timeline as to when production will resume.

Harley's shares turned lower on the news and were last trading down 1% at $34.73.

The company is betting on electric motorcycles to attract the next generation of younger and more environmentally conscious riders to reverse declining U.S. sales.

LiveWire — priced at $29,799 — has been available for preorder in the United States since January. The bulk of the orders for the bike were coming in from existing and old riders, its dealers told Reuters.

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