Jaguar Land Rover isn't the only company interested in electric motorcycles. Rough and tough Harley-Davidson has also announced their own two-wheeled electric monster: the LiveWire.
The LiveWire will be the company's first fully electric motorcycle. Announced on Tuesday during the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, it's based on the concept vehicle H-D showed off in 2014. Testing and feedback from that were used to develop the LiveWire into this, it's production form.
Performance specs for the vehicle remain unsaid. We know that power comes from a permanent magnet electric motor in the lower section of the body. The lower weight should help improve handling and hard breaking, a necessary improvement when dealing with the instantaneous torque of electric powertrains.
The LiveWire features two batteries. A standard 12-volt lithium-ion battery powers the lights, horn, and other electronic features, while the power battery fuels the motor. Harley has yet to reveal what size or capacity of this battery. It will support level 1, 2, and 3 charging, allowing a greater diversity of charges.
The chassis is made of aluminum, increasing rigidity while decreasing overall weight. Showa suspension with a mono shock in the rear and a fork piston in the front gives the LiveWire greater low-speed damping control.
The wheels, 180 mm rear and 120 mm front, come with H-D/Michelin Scorcher tires. To provide quick stopping power, it comes with 11.8-inch Brembo brake discs, standard ABS, and traction control handle stops.
The final cost of the vehicle remains unsaid. Until we know more about the battery and specs, that's probably for the better. We will know more in January, with it hitting the market later that year.
Pricing will be announced in January before the motorcycle launches later in the year.
Harley Davidson Announce their First Electric Motorcycle: The LiveWire
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