Posted on: 20/06/2014
The first ever electronic motorcycle has been created by Harley-Davidson, as revealed in this story from Gmotors.co.uk.
Say hello to Project LiveWire, the first Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle (see image, right).
Revealed in a fantastic YouTube video, the LiveWire could be seen as a risk for Harley because there's currently almost no market for full-size electric motorcycles: millions of two-wheeled electric vehicles sold each year are almost exclusively scooters and low-powered bikes.
But more and more consumers are expecting and purchasing alternative fuel vehicles.
With no need to shift gears, the bike can go from 0 to 60 miles (96 kilometres) per hour in about four seconds.
The engine is silent, but the meshing of gears apparently emits a hum like a jet airplane taking off.
But one hurdle the company has yet to address is the limited range offered by electric motorcycles.
The batteries must be recharged after about 130 miles (210 kilometres), and that can take 30 minutes to an hour.
“Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar - not an electric car,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “It’s an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric. Project LiveWire is a bold statement for us as a company and a brand.”
In the Gmotors.co.uk article, they reveal that the project is not for sale yet, but it looks quite ready for the production as starting next week select consumers across the U.S. will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike. All that information will help shape the future of Harley-Davidson’s first-ever electric motorcycle.
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