Harley invests in Alta Motors, makes progress on electric motorcycle

Follow Ben

Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle concept at 2014 New York Internatoinal Motorcycle Show

Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle concept at 2014 New York Internatoinal Motorcycle Show

Enlarge Photo

Harley-Davidson said on Thursday that it had “made an equity investment in Alta Motors and that the two companies will collaborate on electric motorcycle technology and new product development.” 

The announcement comes on the heels of the news that Harley-Davidson has applied for a trademark on the name “H-D Revelation”.

Harley recently announced it will make its first production electric motorcycle in 2019, after it spent two years touring 40 electric LiveWire motorcycles around the U.S. and Europe for test rides.

DON'T MISS: Harley Davidson to offer electric motorcycle within 18 months, says CEO

Alta Motors is an up and coming electric motorcycle company, based in Brisbane, California, that produces three models of a small electric motorcycle designed for dirt racing against 250cc bikes. 

The company's electric motorcycles have been successful on the track, and Alta has aggressively increased its dealer network across the U.S. 

A look at the company's Facebook page reveals frequent announcements of new dealers, sometimes as often as every few days.

Alta RedBull Straight Rhythm electric motorcycle

Alta RedBull Straight Rhythm electric motorcycle

Enlarge Photo
Alta RedShift SM electric motorcycle

Alta RedShift SM electric motorcycle

Enlarge Photo
Alta RedShift SM electric motorcycle

Alta RedShift SM electric motorcycle

Enlarge Photo

In the past it was rumored that Harley worked with engineers from the now defunct Mission Motors to develop the LiveWire.

Now, it appears to be working with Alta Motors to develop its production electric motorcycle.

CHECK OUT: 2018 Zero electric motorcycles: longer range, 6-kw charging, few price hikes

In the announcement, Harley-Davidson was careful to make sure its riders knew the company will continue to produce its traditional gasoline-powered motorcycles as well.

“Earlier this year, as part of our 10-year strategy, we reiterated our commitment to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders," said CEO Matt Levatich, "in part by aggressively investing in electric vehicle technology.”

Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle concept, test ride event, July 2014 [photo: Ben Rich]

Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle concept, test ride event, July 2014 [photo: Ben Rich]

Enlarge Photo

Harley continues to be the dominant manufacturer in the U.S. motorcycle industry, but its lead has been declining in recent years. 

This is partly due to a general reduction in interest in motorcycles; Harley has indicated it thinks one path to luring new riders is via electric motorcycles. 

READ THIS: Electric motorcycle news: Tacita Electric Cruiser, Energica, KTM, Alta, fast charging

One reason is that electric motorcycles are easier to ride for beginners since there are no gears to change, and they require little or no upkeep or maintenance.

The industry will watch with interest to see what emerges from the partnership between a motorcycle maker known for large, loud bikes and one that has mostly made small, electric offroad bikes so far.

 
Follow Us

Take Us With You!

 


 
© 2018 Green Car Reports. All Rights Reserved. Green Car Reports is published by Internet Brands Automotive Group. Stock photography by izmostock. Read our Cookie Policy.