Harley-Davidson’s all-new, all-electric LiveWire motorcycle is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in just a few days time priced at $29,799.
The bike has been five years in the making, with the production-ready version first being displayed at last year’s EICMA show.
Harley says the new model will also become the first in a “broad portfolio” of electric two-wheelers, as the American manufacturer attempts to reverse a decline in sales by styling and packaging its products for the growingly-popular ‘millennial’ set.
“The LiveWire model creates a design foundation for coming Harley-Davidson electric vehicles that projects authentic Harley-Davidson styling,” reckons the company. “The focus is on the motor. Just as the engine is the most eye-catching element – the crown jewel – of every previous Harley-Davidson motorcycle, the H-D Revelation electric motor is the first-look focus of the LiveWire motorcycle.”
The latter’s bright case and mechanical shape is meant to convey the power it contains, while the cast-aluminium case for the battery – which, incidentally, comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty – has been deliberately styled with functional cooling fins “that suggest the attractive, repetitive horizontal cooling fins on an air-cooled engine”, according to the designers.
Performance-wise, the “H-D Revelation” powertrain is claimed to deliver 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds; 60 to 80 mph in 1.9 seconds; and an overall top speed of 110 mph.
The bike is further claimed to deliver a range of 146 miles in the city and around 98 miles on a motorway. Using DC fast charge technology, Harley’s engineers say 0-80 per cent of battery charge takes 40 minutes and 0-100 per cent charge only 60 minutes.
At least one 24 kW DC fast charge charging station has also been installed at each Harley-Davidson dealership where the LiveWire is to retail. At present that includes 150 dealers in the USA and 250 globally.