The Harley Davidson LiveWire has been coming for a long time and we've been discussing it already, and now with tech specs, performance figures and a price tag we know where it's supposed to fit into the overall picture, but there are some interesting plans for a charging infrastructure, too.
According to the Motor Company, the LiveWire is equipped with the H-D Revelation™ all-electric powertrain, making the trip from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and 60 to 80 mph in 1.9 seconds. No clutch, no shifting, it's twist and go. When the powertrain is activated, there's a slight pulsing, a heartbeat, to let the rider know it's on which goes away as soon as you begin to move and returns when you come to a stop, it's the feel of an idling engine for those Harley riders who miss the throb of a V-twin, but also a gentle confirmation the bike really is activated. They've also developed a signature sound when the LiveWire is under way perhaps creating new connections in the rider's mind to what a high performance machine of the future is supposed to sound like.
So, how far does the LiveWire go on a single charge?
Performance and Range are Optimized for the Urban Rider: The high-voltage battery provides 146 miles of city range or 95 miles of combined stop-and-go and highway range as measured using the MIC City and MIC Combined tests and 98 miles using World Motorcycle Test Cycle (WMTC). DC Fast Charge (DCFC) technology provides a 0-80 percent of battery charge in 40 minutes or 0-100 percent charge in 60 minutes.
When you need to recharge, Harley wants you to find a charging station nearby:
Harley-Davidson has committed to lead in the electrification of motorcycling and creation of a strong network of charging stations globally is part of that commitment. Harley-Davidson is focused on providing ample opportunities for riders to charge their motorcycles – at home, at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships, and at other convenient places. All participating authorized Harley-Davidson dealers selling the LiveWire model will offer a DCFC charging station at their dealership.
What wil the bike cost?
Base model MSRP is $29,799.
Harley Davidson looked into the future and a lot of what they saw was electric. Not everywhere and not for all riders, but in the brave new world of "urban mobility" the rechargeable bike is a major player. Of course, the Motor Company's faithful, the core of their market, may not see the same future through their sunglasses, but it's no secret a lot of that demographic is aging out. So Harley developed their "More Roads to Harley Davidson" plan to attract new and younger riders. The LiveWire is key to a big segment of that plan. Will it work and be a big success? We're about to find out.
UPDATE: Since Todd brought them up in a comment below, here are a couple more Harley Davidson electric concepts, both aimed at the urban mobility market. What looks like a mountain bike minus pedals is promising, the scooter, too. Maybe going this route seemed like a step too far as their initial move into the electric segment. What would people think? What do you think?