Going Green Was Never More Bad-Ass with the Harley-Davidson LiveWire
Updated January 11, 2015
There has been a movement in the vehicle industry to go green, many well-known brands such as, Tesla, BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, and others have begun to ditch gas guzzling and go electric. One noticeable vehicle type, the motorcycle has up until now been forgotten in the green trend but world renowned Motorcycle company Harley-Davidson looks to be shaking things up. Harley-Davidson in June 2014 introduced the LiveWire which is their first prototype in the electric car motorcycle market.
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire will longitudinally mount an electric motor that will placed right infront of the steering controls, giving the rider the feeling that they are hugging the bike. Harley is boasting that the LiveWire will be able to get from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, impressive for any motor cycle, let alone one that runs on electricity. It will be powered by a 3-Phase AC electric motor that will run for 52 miles and only need 3 hours to recharge once the battery empties. The engine will produce around 70-horse power with a max torque of 52 pounds. Max speeds should be roughly 90 mph.
According to Harley-Davidson COO Matt Levatich, the price if the LiveWire went on sale today would be $50,000. This large price is one of the largest reasons that the bike is not on the market yet. Levatich believes that consumers would be looking to pay for half that so Harley-Davidson is currently working to reduce costs without sacrificing build. When the bike does come on market, expect a price tag from $25,000 to $35,000.
Concluding, we see that the Harey-Davidson LiveWire is a revolution for the motorcycle industry. With a quick recharge time and max speeds of 90 mph, it only makes sense that consumers looking for a green alternative to their current bike would trade in.