Harley-Davidson debuts its first electric motorcycle, coming 2019

Right after toying with the strategy for the superior part of 4 decades, Harley-Davidson this 7 days showed off its first electrical motorcycle at the Milan Bike Show. The electric powered bike drops in 2019, but the company is keeping back on to all the significant specs about pace, array, and charging for now.

The bicycle will have the very same “LiveWire” name made use of when it was even now a prototype, but it if not looks like a substantially a lot more full layout and, frankly, a refreshing new vision for what a Harley-Davidson motorbike must look like in 2019. The organization could use some aid, too. When the motorbike marketplace as a full has struggled given that the 2008 monetary disaster, Harley-Davidson in specific has endured a range of losses and layoffs. It has also develop into 1 of President Trump’s most noticeable targets throughout his administration’s trade war.

The primary LiveWire prototype could get from 0–60mph in beneath four seconds, and experienced a assortment of about 55 miles in “economy” mode. Each of all those figures should really bounce with the production edition — the vary, specially, as some electric powered bikes from providers like Zero Motorcycles very easily eclipse 100 miles these times. Whether or not Harley-Davidson’s initially electric motorcycle matches numbers like that could engage in a important component in the bike’s results. The organization has flirted with the idea of heading electric powered for a although now — including investing in the apparently now-defunct startup Alta Motors — and could plainly use a enhance.

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