The Marquette University Police Department is piloting an all-electric LiveWire motorcycle that is redefining motorcycling by means of design, software and experience. Specially developed for MUPD by Harley-Davidson and LiveWire, the department is receiving a security purposed LiveWire motorcycle, which is only the second of its kind in the U.S.
With a focus on the urban market and beyond, LiveWire delivers an evolved riding experience and is an appealing option for MUPD because of its fast charging capability and favorable mileage range on a single charge.
For more than a decade, Harley-Davidson – the world’s most iconic motorcycle brand – has pioneered the EV motorcycle market. The first LiveWire quickly became the leading electric motorcycle in the U.S., then evolved into a separate, world-class all-electric motorcycle brand.
Piloting a LiveWire electric motorcycle is part of MUPD’s efforts to demonstrate the benefits of having motorcycles in its patrol zones. As a complement, the department is also piloting a traditional Harley-Davidson motorcycle provided by the Milwaukee Police Department. MUPD is partnering with MPD to support strategic patrols.
The LiveWire pilot is also another demonstration of the MUPD’s commitment to sustainability. In February 2022, MUPD started transitioning its fleet of squad cars to hybrid vehicles.
“This is an exciting opportunity for MUPD to play a leading role in sustainability efforts, while also supporting our community with additional, versatile patrol methods. Since news of the police-concept LiveWire spread, several universities and large police agencies across the country have inquired about test riding LiveWire,” Lt. Kevin Walz says. “We are grateful for our partnerships with Milwaukee Police Department, Harley-Davidson and LiveWire to make this happen. We look forward to seeing how the LiveWire and motorcycle patrols will enhance the services MUPD offers to Marquette University and the communities in its patrol zones primarily located in Milwaukee’s Near West Side.”
Harley-Davidson and Marquette University are among five anchor institutions that founded the Near West Side Partners, a nonprofit organization with a collective goal to make the Near West Side a great place to live, work, play and stay.
Harley-Davidson’s work with Near West Side Partners and partnership with MUPD is part of the company’s inclusive stakeholder approach to business that prioritizes people, planet and profit.