LiveWire: Harley-Davidson stuns fans with new electric motorcycle : Tech Times

 

Harley-Davidson showed off a new concept motorcycle Thursday that replaced the company’s signature V-twin engine with an electric motor. The bike is called Project LiveWire, and is the first move by a major motorcycle manufacturer into the area of electric vehicles.

LiveWire was designed to show off Harley-Davidson’s electric bike design, gauging customer reactions and introducing the idea of an electric Harley to the public. To this end, LiveWire will be touring across the U.S. along Route 66 later this year, visiting more than 30 Harley-Davidson dealerships and giving customers a chance to try out the bike.

The motorcycle weighs 460 pounds and can produce 74 horsepower. It can go from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds, but with only one gear its top speed is limited to 92 mph. At high speeds LiveWire sounds like a jet engine, but when starting from a dead stop it can sound more like a toy remote-control car, which may turn some Harley fans away from the bike.

via Project LiveWire: Harley-Davidson stuns fans with new electric motorcycle : BIZ TECH : Tech Times.


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