Harley-Davidson took everyone by surprise by showcasing the production-ready version of its LiveWire electric motorcycle at the ongoing CES 2019 in Las Vegas, along with finally us more information on its specs and disclosing the retail price. The American-made all-electric motorcycle has a starting price of $29,799 and is open for pre-order. Harley Davidson has been teasing the LiveWire for four years now and the electric bike marks a significant shift for the brand, which can potentially alienate the purists. “We’re at a historic juncture in the evolution of mobility, and Harley-Davidson is at the forefront,” said Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson’s President and CEO. “Innovation that moves the body and soul has always been at the heart of our brand, and this next chapter in our history is about creating products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders of all ages and walks of life.
Although there are several companies across the world trying to explore the segment of e-motorcycles, with the launch of LiveWire, Harley-Davidson has become the first major manufacturer to launch a full-fledged electric motorcycle. The motorcycle manufacturer hasn’t divulged the power figures but has claimed that the LiveWire’s power from its H-D Revelation electric powertrain will arrive at 100-percent as soon as you twist the throttle, which will propel the bike from zero to 60mph in under 3.5 seconds. Since it’s an electric motorcycle, it lacks a gearbox and clutch, which will make it easier for newer riders to ride. According to Harley, the LiveWire has a range of 110 miles of “urban roads” on a full charge of the Panasonic battery pack and regenerative braking will recharge the battery when the bike slows down.
Harley-Davidson also demonstrated the electric motorcycle’s smart features. The LiveWire will feature H-D Connect, which will communicate with a smartphone app via an embedded 4G LTE connection. Using the app, riders will be able to access everything from remote status checks, battery charging status and time to completion, trip planning, theft or vandalism notification, GPS tracking, service reminders, diagnostics and more. The deliveries are expected to begin this fall.