Harley-Davidson is Rolling out an Electric Motorcycle

So you say you’re a hog-ridin' Harley enthusiast, but have somewhat of a green thumb. If you happen to love a big American motorcycles, but are environmentally conscious? Harley-Davidson now has an electric motorcycle, and unlike previous attempts, this one is actually pretty cool.

It is called Project LiveWire, and though you may think of a Harley-Davidson as the loud, cacophonous V-twin beast, this bike runs nearly silent. Harley says it sounds like a jet taking off, though we’re not so sure about that. What we are sure about is that this bike will change the way that people look at electric motorcycles. 

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Harley-Davidson is Rolling out an Electric Motorcycle

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In the past, other EV bike upstarts have tried to start with the motor and then design a battery. Harley worked on the battery first, downsizing it and reducing weight, then it went to work on the engine. The LiveWire is powered by an electric motor making 74 horsepower and 52 pound feet of torque. It will get from zero to sixty in under four-seconds on the way to a top speed that is electronically limited to 92 mph. 

Harley-Davidson is Rolling out an Electric Motorcycle

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The lithium-ion battery pack has a 53 mile range and can be fully recharged in 3.5 hours, using a 220 volt outlet. Price has not yet been announced, but the bike seen here is a version 1.0, and might change before it comes to market, as will the price. We’ll bring you more information on the LiveWire as it becomes available.

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