Inside Harley Davidson’s EV shift with a ride on its LiveWire
Harley-Davidson will release its first production electric motorcycle in September, the LiveWire.
Yes, the American symbol for internal combustion, chrome and steel is going all in on two-wheeled EVs.
Founded in Milwaukee in 1903, Harley Davidson opened a Silicon Valley office in 2018 with plans to add a future line-up of electric vehicles—from motorcycles to bicycles to scooters.
With these moves HD joins a list of established transportation companies that are redefining themselves in the transformation of global mobility.
The battery powered Harley will do 0-60 mph in 3 seconds, 110 mph, and charge to 100 percent in 60 minutes for a $29,799 MSRP.
The motorcycle’s 15.5kWh battery and magnet motor produce 105 horsepower and 86 ft-lbs of torque for a city range of 146 miles (and 95 for combined city/highway riding).
In contrast to some of Harley’s minimalist gas motorcycles, the company teched out the LiveWire. The e-moto has five processors to manage performance and app-based connectivity, according to HD’s Chief Engineer for EV Technology, Sean Stanley.
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