Harley-Davidson boldly joins the green revolution
If you thought electric vehicles weren’t sexy, think again. Coming soon: Harley-Davidson’s all-new electric LiveWire™ is going to hit the roads in fall 2019. The company says the Harley-Davidson LiveWire is a futuristic, muscular and powerful motorcycle that can fully charge up in an hour and accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 3 seconds.
Matt Levatich, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson says the company is focused on the future and the thrill of riding, just as they have been for 116 years. Going electric doesn’t mean giving up on power or performance.
“We will lead the next revolution of two-wheeled freedom to inspire future riders who have yet to even think about the thrill of riding,” said Levatich.
— Biker Entourage (@BikerEntourage) June 15, 2015
LiveWire is the result of hard work that first began when the company started researching concepts and technology for electric bikes back in 2010. It took four years before the introduction of the Project LiveWire™ prototype.
Even then, Levatich called it “the most thrilling powered vehicle of any kind I’ve ever experienced.”
— Harley Davidson (@hdkingoftheroad) May 29, 2016
Consumer Reports said that LiveWire prototype sounded a bit different than the loud signature Harley sound you might expect: “more like ‘Tron’ than ‘Easy Rider.'” However, the bike was solid and easy to maneuver as “one of the easiest bikes we have ever ridden.” The product reviewers found that even hardcore tattooed American riders would consider the vehicle for commutes.
“It appears you can teach an old hog new tricks,” wrote Consumer Reports.
The reviewers liked how the LiveWire prototype handled tight spaces and rough spots in the road.
“While the LiveWire is only a concept, in some ways it feels like the most finished electric bike we’ve ridden. Over lower Manhattan’s moonscape streets, this bike squelched craters softly that would have slammed into the suspension of the Zero Motorcycles we rode recently. The LiveWire feels more solid and planted than those lighter electric bikes. And it’s easier to maneuver in tight spaces, with a somewhat tighter turning radius.”
Since this excellent review in 2014, the prototype underwent vast improvements. One example: Initially, the bike required up to 10 hours to fully charge. Now the company says it takes just 1 hour. You can recharge with any standard household outlet and charge overnight, or plug into a public Level 3 DC Fast Charge station for “80% charge in 40 minutes or 100% charge in an hour,” according to Harley-Davidson’s website.
The bike has an estimated range of 140 miles in the city, making it perfect for urban commuters. It comes in three color choices: Yellow Fuse, Orange Fuse, and Vivid Black.
Other futuristic perks include an app that keeps you updated on the bike’s vitals and security alerts, the latest LED lighting, a full-color touchscreen instrument display, cellular connectivity, and programmable ride modes.
The starting price of $29,799 per the website may be a bit high for some, but if this ride catches on, we can probably expect prices to drop over time. For more information, see Harley-Davidson’s FAQ.
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Knowing that such a well-respected iconic motorcycle manufacturer is lending its reputation and support to an electric motorcycle will no doubt inspire many new buyers to make the switch to clean energy. You can pre-order the Harley-Davidson LiveWire now.
The LiveWire is ready to demonstrate that being environmentally responsible is very cool indeed.
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