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Harley-Davidson to sell electric motorcycle

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The Livewire electric motorcycle will be Harley-Davidson's first electric vehicle. Submitted photo2 / 2

FARGO — When motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson starts selling its first electric vehicle later this year, a dealership in Fargo will be among the first in the United States to offer it.

The Livewire electric motorcycle will be available to consumers in August 2019, and it will initially be available only at select dealerships. There are nearly 700 dealerships in the U.S., and Harley-Davidson of Fargo is among the 150 or so that will sell the new bike, co-owner Jimmy Entenman said. No other dealerships in North Dakota will carry the bike.

The bike's release marks a major milestone for Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson, which has not yet marketed an electric motorcycle. Its line of electric vehicles could expand in coming years, the company said on its website.

The price of the Livewire has not yet been released to the public, but it will cost more than a standard Harley bike, Entenman said. More information on its specifications and price is expected to be released on Jan. 8. The pre-ordering period starts in mid-January.