By Kelsie Hoitomt
MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson recently unveiled its latest project, a prototype of its first electric motorcycle, Project LiveWire.
Hanna Arvey, a 2008 Glenwood City and 2013 University of Wisconsin Madison graduate, helped work on the project.
Arvey graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is in the Materials Excellence Program at Harley-Davidson, a three-year rotational program at the company.
She recently finished her first rotation in Milwaukee in the Product Development Center and is now working at the company’s Kansas City plant.
According to the Harley-Davidson, Project LiveWire motorcycles are not for sale. The prototype motorcycles are specifically designed to gain customer feedback.
A 2014 United States tour is underway with Project LiveWire traveling to more than 30 different Harley-Davidson dealerships throughout the year. The tour expands to Canada and Europe in 2015.
Longer term plans for retail availability will be influenced by feedback from riders along the tour.
An electric motorcycle means no tailpipe emissions, no crankshaft, no oil leaks and virtually no maintenance aside from a new tire or break from time to time.
The engine itself is the jewel of the motorcycle. Its longitudinal powertrain is inspired by superchargers used on top fuel dragsters.