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Harley-Davidson invests in Alta Motors, a California electric bike company
Harley-Davidson invests in electric bike company
March 1, 2018  Rick Barrett, Milwaukee

Harley Davidson unveiled its Livewire in June 2014 at the former Marine
Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine, Calif. ( / Don Bartletti/Los Angeles
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MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson says it has acquired part of a California
company that’s been making electric dirt bikes for eight years, and that it
will collaborate with the company, Alta Motors, on Harley’s future electric

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

“Alta has demonstrated innovation and expertise in EV and their objectives
align closely with ours. We each have strengths and capabilities that will
be mutually beneficial as we work together to develop cutting-edge electric

Harley says its first electric bike will be available for purchase in 2019.

Meanwhile, Alta, based in northern California, has been making electric dirt
bikes and enduro bikes since 2010. The company's Redshift MXR will travel
about 60 miles on a battery charge that takes about 90 minutes to complete.

The Redshift comes in two models — a street-legal "supermoto", and a
trail-ready motocross. Alta says the bikes could change the way people
commute during the week and how they ride on the weekend.

“We believe electric motorcycles are the future, and that American companies
have an opportunity to lead that future. It’s incredibly exciting that
Harley-Davidson, synonymous with motorcycle leadership, shares that vision
and we’re thrilled to collaborate with them,” Alta Motors co-founder Marc
Fenigst said in a statement.

Terms of the deal with Harley, announced Thursday, weren't made public.

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Another company, Logos Technologies of Fairfax, Va., has used an Alta Motors
bike in its work to develop an electric motorcycle for the U.S. military.

The "SilentHawk," is designed to produce minimum engine noise for use by
soldiers behind enemy lines.

Harley-Davidson might be using the name "Revelation" for the engine of its
new electric motorcycle, according to a trademark application.

Harley isn’t confirming it, but the company has filed an application with
the U.S. Patent and Trademark office for the name "H-D Revelation," in a
listing that includes electric drives for vehicles, engines for motorcycles
and batteries for vehicles.

Other Harley-Davidson bikes have similar sounding names for the engines,
such as “Evolution” for Sportsters and “Revolution X” for the Street 750.

One thing for sure: The new electric motor won't have the syncopated
"potato, potato, potato" rumble that resonates from Harley V-Twin engines, a
sound the company once tried to trademark.

The bike ought to be quick, with the prototype showing that it could go from
zero to 60 mph in under four seconds. Earlier, however, Harley said it
wouldn't bring an electric bike to market until the battery technology
improved to allow for longer driving distances.

When the company enters the electric bike market, it will have plenty of

Polaris Industries, the maker of Indian and Victory motorcycles, already has
an electric street bike that puts the company ahead in the new category of
two-wheel machines.

Named the Empulse TT, it looks like a high-performance sport bike without
the gasoline engine.
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Harley-Davidson invests in electric vehicle company
March 1, 2018 ... Harley-Davidson says it will collaborate with Alta Motors
on the motorcycle maker's plans for an electric bike. The Milwaukee company
said Thursday that it has made an equity investment in Alta Motors, an
innovator in lightweight electric vehicles.

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