Harley-Davidson Inc. has stopped production and deliveries of its first electric motorcycle after discovering a problem related to the vehicle’s charging equipment. The motorcycle maker said it has suspended production of the LiveWire model as it conducts tests to investigate the problem. The company said Monday that the tests were progressing well but didn’t say when production would resume.
The company asked customers and dealers to only use a professional type of charger available at its dealerships rather than electrical outlets at their homes.
The company said the bikes, with a suggested retail price of $30,000, are still safe to ride.
LiveWire owners had been able to charge their bikes through standard wall outlets at their homes, a process that takes about 10 hours. Direct-current charging stations at Harley dealerships can reload the bike’s battery in about an hour. The bike can handle about 140 miles of urban riding on a full charge.