Harley-Davidson has played a huge role in influencing this country’s motorcycle culture. Since getting its start in 1903, the brand’s bikes have tirelessly served the military in World War I. They’ve also been featured in movies like 1969’s “Easy Rider.”
Now the Harley-Davidson brand is poised to enter a fresh and exciting new frontier: the world of electric motorcycles. The company has announced the launch of the LiveWire, its first electric bike.
Quick and Convenient
Harley-Davidson claims the LiveWire will be able to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3 seconds. The bike gets its juice from a high-voltage battery that’s made of lithium-ion cells and encased in cast-aluminum housing. Harley-Davidson expects that this battery will give the bike 140 miles of range in the city. In combined stop-and-go and highway travel, 88 miles of range is expected.
Two charging options are offered: Level 1 and Level 3.
With Level 1 charging, you can use a household outlet to charge the bike overnight.
Level 3 charging is much quicker. It allows you to charge the bike at a public Level 3 DC fast-charge station. An 80 percent charge can be achieved in just 40 minutes, and the bike can be fully charged in an hour.
LiveWire bikes come with an app that allow you to check the status of the battery’s charge. The app also provides you with the bike’s location on a map, and it will send you an alert if the motorcycle has been bumped or moved.
Pricing for the LiveWire is expected to start at $29,799. Harley-Davidson says the bike will debut in dealerships in the fall of 2019.
The future is starting to look more electric than ever. The fact that Harley-Davidson is getting on board with its own electric bike gives us a strong hint of where the industry is headed.