Harley-Davidson halts production of LiveWire

Harley-Davidson has stopped the production and delivery of its long-awaited LiveWire after discovering an issue related to the vehicle’s charging equipment.

“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,” Harley said in a statement. “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.”

While the OEM describes the issue as a “non-standard” condition, the default reportedly has to do with the vehicle’s charging mechanism, according to the Wall Street Journal. Harley allegedly issued a memo to dealers asking for consumers to only use a professional type of charger available at dealerships rather than electrical outlets at their homes.

The LiveWire is Harley’s first electric vehicle and has been one of the main aspects of its overall strategy to appeal to new riders. The bike originally was scheduled to ship to dealers in August, but it was pushed back to mid-October. The OEM did not reveal when production and deliveries of the LiveWire will resume.

The setback comes just one week before Harley’s third-quarter earnings call, which is scheduled for October 22.

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