Harley-Davidson launches first production electric bike

Harley-Davidson unveiled a prototype of its first LiveWire electric motorcycle back in 2014. Then this event went almost unnoticed. However, today it became clear that this is a completely real model with good commercial prospects: the world famous manufacturer presented it at the annual bike show EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motocicio Assesor) in Milan.

The motorcycle is powered by a DC electric motor, specially designed to generate a special sound that will replace the signature Harley-Davidson rumble.

The main lithium-ion battery is housed in a die-cast aluminum case along with a second 12 volt lithium battery for lighting and display lighting. The motorcycle is shipped with a level 1 charger (regular 110 volt wall outlet is the US standard). It can also be charged with Level 2 and 3 (SAE J1772) or IEC Type 2 chargers for driving outside the US. According to a company spokesman, each Harley-Davidson dealership will have a charging station. The battery charge should be enough for 160 km of run.

The brakes will be Brembo Monoblock front calipers on twin 300mm discs with anti-lock brakes and standard traction control. LiveWire has 7 riding modes - three standard and four tailored to the specific riding habits of each owner. E-bike sales from the iconic brand are set to begin in 2019.