A sleek array of next-generation electric vehicles took centre stage at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, and none more so than Harley Davidson’s new all-electric motorbike – as well as two new lightweight concept bikes.
We’ve already revealed some details of the ‘twist and go’ electric Livewire motorcycle from Harley Davidson in July last year, when CEO Matthew Levatich discussed the instant torque experience created by the electric powertrain with CNBC.
At the time, details were light on the ground (or should we say the road) – but with its unveiling at CES2019 we can now let you in on a few more details: for instance, that the torque from the H-D Revelation electric powertrain means the Livewire can accelerate from 0-160mph (96km/hr) in just 3.5 seconds.
Also, it will have a range of 100 miles (160km) – substantially more than the expected 100km, and not bad at all for an urban motorbike.
The Livewire will also uses a web-based control unit that sends information about battery status, tamper alerts and vehicle location, as well as service reminders, which Harley claims makes it the “first ever” mass-market “connected” motorbike (for the US at least).
As well as showing off the Liverwire, Harley Davidson also gave away a few more details details on two lightweight electric two-wheeler concept bikes.
Building on previously released sketches, the motorbike manufacturer’s unveiling of the two concept bikes confirmed the brand’s intention to appeal to a broader segment of the market.
Both have been designed for city riders, and feature removable battery packs light enough to carry in one hand.
Harley Davidson hopes that neither will require a license to ride, making them even more appealing to those wanting to simply buy and ride.
The first features smooth lines and a gap between the battery pack and the seat that could possibly be used for storing luggage, while the second is also geared towards the off-road market.
For Harley Davidson, the new bikes signify a recognition that change is in the air.
“We’re at a historic juncture of the evolution of transportation, and Harley-Davidson is at the forefront,” said Levatich in a statement to the press.
“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.”
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emissions transport has to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it available for hire on evee.com.au.