Harley-Davidson Pivots to Hemp in Electric Vehicle Division’s Sustainability Push

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What’s the most unique aspect of the recently unveiled S2 Mulholland electric performance cruiser released by LiveWire, Harley-Davidson’s electric division? Some of its major components are made from hemp biocomposites—marking a first for the company as it shifts to a more sustainable approach.

On March 20, LiveWire—Harley-Davidson’s electric vehicle (EV) division, which separated as a company in 2022—announced the S2 Mulholland, an electric cruiser with components made from hemp biocomposites. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the new vehicle also features components made from materials sourced from discarded fishing nets that otherwise would be choking ocean life across the sea. 

Plastic News reports that LiveWire’s newest motorcycle features hemp-reinforced fenders and other parts made with post-consumer plastics. Mulholland’s front and rear fenders are made with a hemp biocomposite. Its radiator shrouds and wiring caddies are made using post-consumer nylon from Ravago, which is sourced from discarded fishing nets. 

“S2 Mulholland continues to push the envelope of design further with LiveWire’s first use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials across key touch points on the bike including bodywork, seat, and secondary plastic components,” the press release reads.

“Mulholland’s front and rear fenders are manufactured using CAP hemp bio-composite,” the announcement reads. “The motorcycle’s radiator shrouds, and wiring caddies are manufactured from HYLON® OCEAN (PCR Nylon 6), the origin of which are discarded ocean fishing nets, further reducing the reliance on petroleum-based plastics. LiveWire also manufactured the seat using petroleum-free, recyclable silicone rather than leather or vinyl.

The finish on the bike is designed to highlight its hemp parts.

“Finally, the bike will be available in an eco-friendlier unpainted Lunar White finish that elevates the CAP Hemp material while minimizing the use of traditional plastics and paints—efforts unseen in this category prior to …

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Author: Benjamin M. Adams / High Times

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