2. Harley-Davidson Goes Electric

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It still sounds like an April Fool’s prank, but it’s true. Harley-Davidson is developing an electric motorcycle. To some of the Motor Company’s detractors, it’s the motorcycle equivalent of strapping a jetpack on a dinosaur, but you have to admit, that would be pretty awesome too.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire First Ride

Forward-thinking from a company notorious for clinging to its heritage, Harley-Davidson made headlines in both the motorcycle and mainstream media with its its Project LiveWire prototype. Harley was pretty canny about the LiveWire introduction too, conveniently announcing the project just as some eager eyes noticed the electric motorcycle was spotted on the set of the new Avengers movie. Think about it: photos of the LiveWire on set were taken back in April, but people only started noticing what it was in June, mere days before Harley-Davidson’s announcement. This was no accident.

Harley-Davidson just completed a 30-city cross-country tour collecting feedback on the LiveWire. Although no definitive production plans have been revealed for the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson deserves kudos for venturing into the electric motorcycle business.