Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric bike &
Harley-Davidson LiveWire, the bike which is going to kickoff American motorcycle maker’s portfolio of EVs, is slated to be unveiled in India, probably on 27 August. The company’s decision to bring its first electric bike to India is a welcome step as the bike wasn’t expected to reach our shores before 2020. However, we still think that the Harley electric bike will not go on sale in India before end 2019 or early 2020. Alongside the electric bike, the company is also expected to unveil another product, details of which are still not known. So, for now, let’s focus on the LiveWire as it offers a glimpse of how Harley-Davidson will take on the task of making electric motorcycles.
Harley-Davidson LiveWire, which was showcased at the EICMA 2018, sports a contemporary design but it still has enough elements reminiscent of Harley-Davidson bikes. It gets a round headlamp encased in minimal fairing, wide handlebars, and exposed aesthetics. Even though it is an electric bike, the LiveWire does sport a teardrop-shaped tank which houses the charging port. The location of the port is same as that of the fuel tank cap on a typical Harley cruiser. Other interesting design elements on the LiveWire include the battery pack and the electric motor encased in metal casing and located at the sport where conventionally the engine resides.
Contrary to other Harley-Davidson bikes which are sparsely equipped with feature, the LiveWire boasts of an extensive feature list. For starters, it gets a 4.3-inch TFT screen for the instrument panel with readouts for speed, odometer, battery power, riding range, etc. This unit comes equipped with the Harley-Davidson Connect interface which allows riders to pair their smartphone with the instrument panel and access multimedia functionalities like mobile phone connectivity, music, and turn-by-turn navigation. That’s not all. The LiveWire has seven different riding modes to choose from and gets safety features like disc brakes on either ends, cornering ABS, drag-torque slip control system, and cornering traction control system.
For its first electric bike, the company has designed an electric powertrain called ‘H-D Revelation’. It includes a 15.5 kWh battery which makes 105 bhp,116 Nm, and can propel the LiveWire from 0 to 100 km/h in just three seconds. This battery pack delivers a claimed range of 235 km in city conditions and 152 km over combined stop-and-go and highway conditions.