Harley-Davidson unveiled the first model of its new electric motorcycle brand, LiveWire. There LiveWire One however, it is essentially a relaunch of the battery-powered motorcycle of the same name, but will be offered at a significantly lower price at least for the United States.
In the country led by Joe Biden LiveWire One will be available with a base price of $ 22,000, 8,000 less than in the past. Considering the US government tax credit of $ 2,500, the actual acquisition cost of LiveWire One can be as low as $ 20,000. The range is still indicated at a level of 235 kilometers. While Harley no longer provides autonomy on the highway: previously it was 129 kilometers at a speed of 112 km / h. The Electrek website assumes the 15.5 kWh battery is the ‘standard’ one.
There are no details on any engine news; on the LiveWire presented in 2019, the electric drive system produced 78 kW and could thus accelerate the bike up to 177 km / h. The US market launch of the new LiveWire One is scheduled for this year, initially in California, New York and Texas, followed by other regions in the fall. Outside of the US, LiveWire One will be available from 2022. In terms of distribution, the sales process will mainly take place online. The target is mainly young people, and the ambition is to anticipate a market that could become very flourishing also depending on the international emissions targets.
Harley-Davidson, LiveWire becomes a brand of its own
When connected to a DC fast charger, LiveWire One’s battery will go from 0 to 100% in 60 minutes or from 0 to 80% in 45 minutes. Just like the original LiveWire, this new bike will have a six-axis IMU (inertial measurement unit) to help with traction control and anti-lock braking.
“The LiveWire One is based on Harley-Davidson DNA but with the electric focus and ambition of the new LiveWire brand. Harley-Davidson and LiveWire will continue to rewrite the laws of the motorcycle and we are excited for this next chapter in our history.“Said Jochen Zeitz, CEO of Harley-Davidson.