Harley-Davidson's Smart E-Bike Can Be Yours for $30,000

Harley-Davidson's Smart E-Bike Can Be Yours for $30,000

Called the Harley-Davidson LiveWire, the bike was shown off in all its glory at the Panasonic's CES 2019 press conference, complete with news that you can pre-order it now for the princely sum of $29,799.

The electric bike was built in partnership with Panasonic Automotive and runs its OneConnect services platform, which is integrated with the Harley Davidson app for Android and iOS.

The LiveWire's price is comparable to the brand's Touring family of motorcycles, which range from $19,000 to $28,000.

Thanks to its punchy all-electric powertrain, the LiveWire can hit 60mph in under 3.5 seconds according to the manufacturer, and features an estimated urban range of 110 miles. But other specifications like the size of the battery or the power of the electric motor have not been disclosed yet.

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Harley's LiveWire, however, is slated to hit 60 miles per hour in under 3.5 seconds, while of course doing away with the need for gear shifting. Additionally, the permanent magnet electric motor resides in the lower part of the body, which Harley-Davidson said helps create a lower center of gravity and improves handling. On a fast-charger, the bike will replenish its battery in a little more than half an hour.

Range for the LiveWire is claimed to be 177 kilometres on a single charge based on a mixed-use cycle. The brand added that all dealers that sell the LiveWire will be required to install DC fast chargers. H-D Connect also comes with maintenance alerts and an anti-tamper system meant to inform a rider if a bike's been moved or vandalized.

The only thing missing will be the trademark sound of a V-twin engine. The American motorcycle manufacturer has announced that the company will be taking pre-orders for its first electric two-wheeler, with deliveries expected later this year.

Moving forward into the future and part of its new model release plans, Harley-Davidson (H-D) announced pricing for its first electric motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire.

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