The all-new electric Harley-Davidson LiveWire made its European debut at EICMA show in Milan.
Due for release in 2019 and being shown at the event as a production-ready motorcycle. Harley-Davidson intends to be the world leader in the electrification of motorcycles, and is aggressively, investing in electric vehicle technology. Harley-Davidson expect to deliver a full portfolio of electric motorcycles by 2022.
The vision behind the production LiveWire motorcycle began with Project LiveWire, revealed as a prototype in 2014 as an effort to gauge the potential of an electric-powered motorcycle as envisioned by Harley-Davidson.
The LiveWire motorcycle is powered by a permanent magnet electric motor that produces instant torque the moment that throttle.
The LiveWire features fully adjustable Showa suspension. The Showa BFRC-lite (Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite) mono-shock rear suspension is complimented by Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork-Big Piston® up front, balanced to match the performance and adjustability of the rear shock and deliver exceptional low-speed damping control – ideal for composed control in typical urban riding conditions.
The LiveWire is fitted with Brembo Monoblock front brake calipers gripping dual 300 mm-diameter discs and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Traction Control System (TCS)
A colour touch screen TFT display located above the handlebar. The TFT screen also allows the rider to access the interface for Bluetooth connectivity, navigation and music.
The LiveWire motorcycle features a RESS (Rechargeable Energy Storage System, or the main battery) composed of lithium-ion cells surrounded by a finned, cast-aluminum housing. The LiveWire motorcycle is also equipped with a small 12-volt lithium-ion battery that powers the lights, controls, horn and instrument display. Charging can be completed using an on-board Level 1 charger that plugs into a standard household outlet with a power cord that stores below the motorcycle seat. LiveWire can also be charged with a Level 2 and Level 3, or DC Fast Charge (DCFC), through a SAE J1772 connector, (USA), or CCS2 – IEC type 2 charging connector in international markets. All Harley-Davidson dealers who sell the LiveWire motorcycle will offer a public charging station.