Harley Davidson has broadcasted that it will be setting up a new R&D (research and development) centre in Silicon Valley, California. The R&D centre will be aiming on the expansion of electric vehicles. Including batteries, performance electronics, and design. It will work in with Harley’s existing R&D centre in Wisconsin and is anticipated to maneuvers by late 2018.
‘More Roads to Harley-Davidson’ growth plan
Few months before, Harley Davidson had announced the ‘More Roads to Harley-Davidson’ growth plan, which gave electric vehicles a lot of significance. The new programme has been dubbed ‘Twist and Go’ and the first submission from this enterprise is the Livewire. Harley Davidson recently showcased the version of its first electric motorcycle, which will go on trade following year. Harley Davidson also plans to increase its EV portfolio with lighter, smaller and even more accessible products that will go on trade by 2022.
Harley Davidson also has started employing electrical, mechanical and software engineers for the R&D centre. The facility will initially employ a staff of roughly 25, most of which the Harley Davidson aims to hire from within Silicon Valley.
Commenting on the new R&D centre, Matt Levatich, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc, said, “Recently we shared with the world our accelerated plans to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally. This new R&D capacity in the core of Silicon Valley will help us convey on those plans and reveal our word to lead the electrification of the sport. This is an exciting time in Harley-Davidson’s unbelievable history, and it’s also an exciting time to join our company and help shape our future.”
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