Harley Davidson is a company that prides itself on sticking to their classic approach to motorcycles but has always delivered quality products to its customers. However this company has recently revealed Project LiveWire, which is the first electric motorcycle. Being the first truly electric motorcycle, Harley Davidson is taking the project very seriously and not selling the motorcycles right away.
Rather Harley Davidson will take the motorcycle on a United States tour then riding it to international dealerships across Canada and Europe in 2015. Throughout the tour, Harley Davidson will gain feedback, incorporate new ideas in efforts to make not only the first but the best electric motorcycle in the industry. It will also be an opportunity for motorcycle enthusiasts to share their own ideas on how to improve Project Livewire.
“America at its best has always been about reinvention,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “And, like America, Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, customer-led moment in our history.”
The first fully electric motorcycle can reach 60 mph in about 4 seconds and will top out at 90 mph. It will have a 75 horsepower engine and 18 inch tires but has a very futuristic look. After over 100 miles of travel time the electric engine will need to be recharged but will only take 3 hours.
One of the major differences between a normal motorcycle and an electric bike is the noise. The electric motorcycle will have a very quiet engine, which motorcycle enthusiasts are not exactly thrilled about. This will be a major issue that will be heavily debated throughout the process.
Harley Davidson is on the foreground of the ZERO Motorcycle movement and has even received over 200 inquires requesting to buy the electric motorcycle. There is not an official price point for the motorcycle but it is likely comparable to electric scooters currently on the marketing ranging around $40,000.
The LiveWire will be in full production by 2016 but if you want to get your hands on it sooner, head to your nearest Harley-Davidson on its 30 city tour across the country. A motorcycle is already efficient machine but there is always room for improvements to become more environmentally friendly. Now it is time for electric motorcycle gangs to begin forming!