The former General Motors engineer who oversaw the Chevy Volt and Spark EV will be in charge of Harley-Davidson’s Livewire electric motorcycle project.
Jim Federico, 56, finished up a 36-year career at GM having been among other things, its chief engineer for small cars and electric vehicles, so he knows a thing or two about electric vehicles.
“We’ve been talking to Jim about this position for some time,” Harley-Davidson spokesperson Maripat Blankenheim told Reuters.
For the maker of traditional big V-Twins, he will oversee research and development of the iconoclastic H-D EV from concept to potential production.
Harley Davidson will be going on the road this summer drumming up enthusiasm – and offering test rides – for an electric bike that has a family resemblance, if little else in common for what made the H-D brand what it is today.
Automotive News said also Federico led a team of GM engineers in the fall of 2012 that analyzed a defective ignition switch. This was more than a year before GM recalled 2.6 million cars with the part, and GM said this had nothing to do with his leaving the company.