Published on June 23rd, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez1
Harley Davidson Electric Motorcycle Concept
Harley-Davidson is showing their new eco-idea with Project LiveWire.The LiveWire is the first electric two-wheeler out of Milwaukee According to Harley-Davidson officials, the new electric motorcycle was designed to gain insight into rider expectations. The LiveWire offers 74 horsepower, 52 foot-pounds of torque and a (governed) top speed of 92 mph. Harley engineers confirm that the bike uses a lithium-ion battery with a range of 53 miles.
“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.”
As part of this project, select buyers will be offered the chance to ride this model and provide feedback on it. The new Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire will offer visceral riding experience with tire-shredding acceleration and an unmistakable new sound. The new Project LiveWire features an LED headlight, a touchscreen display and a lightweight frame. The key challenge in building the LiveWire was the shift from building a bike around an engine to building one around a battery. A battery is heavy.
The cast aluminum perimeter frame wrapped around the battery box weighs just 14 pounds, which makes it a full eight pounds lighter than the Zero’s frame. The wheels have hollow spokes, and Harley claims they’re among the lightest aluminum wheels it’s ever produced. There’s no need for an exhaust system, which not only saves weight but gives the bike a sleeker look. The result is a clean, tightly packaged bike without frivolous details.
“America at its best has always been about reinvention and, like America, Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, customer-led moment in our history”, said Harley-Davidson COO Matt Levatich.