Harley-Davidson right now introduced that it has began taking pre-orders for its first all-electric motorbike, the LiveWire.
For automakers, it’s a mad sprint to the end line in an try to compete with the likes of Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen and others. For Harley-Davidson, it’s about dealing with technological challenges — two wheels and a smaller chassis, for starters — whereas with the ability to persuade its base that this is identical bad-ass machine they’re accustomed to, solely higher. Harley-Davidson, now greater than 100 years previous, is an iconic American firm, in spite of everything, one recognized for its cultural ties to outlaws and the occasional dentist seeking to stick it to the person on weekend rides in upstate New York.
It’s a piece in progress, however the gross sales pitch basically goes like this: it looks like a Harley, it feels like a Harley, and most significantly, it’s a Harley — only a a lot improved model of the gasoline powered one. This Harley, for instance, can do zero to 60 in simply 3.5 seconds, whereas delivering 100 p.c of the motor’s torque, immediately.
Its lithium ion cells are cooled utilizing a cast-aluminum fin mounted on a housing between the riders knees. The motor and battery each sit close to the underside of the body, a transfer that retains the middle of gravity nearer to the pavement for higher dealing with and a extra pleasurable using expertise. One other design perk is that the heavy bikes of yesteryear at the moment are simpler to steadiness when sitting at a cease gentle.
Harley’s LiveWire can cowl 110 miles on a single cost, and every will be refilled at a roadside charger, or at house, utilizing a regular CCS adapter — the identical one electrical vehicles use.
As for that decidedly noisy exhaust, the LiveWire balances the necessity to appease motorbike fans with a newly-tuned rumble distinctive to the electrical bike. It’s not silent, though it could possibly be. The corporate’s press launch describes the necessity to talk pace to the rider, as “a tone that will increase in pitch and quantity with pace — a brand new sound that represents the graceful, electrical energy of the LiveWire motorbike.”
LiveWire deliveries will start this fall for anybody keen to shell out the $29,799.
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