Harley-Davidson publishes details on the electric motorcycle being rolled out this year. The company hopes to capture the imagination of a new generation of motorcyclists and impute a drop in sales.
The LiveWire, which will soon be available at a limited number of dealers, will cost close to $ 30,000 and can go from zero to 100 km / h in three seconds. There is no clutch or gearshift. Harley said Thursday's shoppers will have free access to participating LiveWire resellers for the first two years.
The motorcycle company in Milwaukee has faced declining sales and an aging customer base in the United States and abroad. US motorcycle sales declined 4.2% and international sales declined 3.3% in the first quarter of this year.
Harley's traditional gasoline cycles range from about $ 6,900 for a compact urban model to nearly $ 44,000 for a fully loaded touring bike.
An additional charge will be provided by Electrify America, a subsidiary of Volkswagen created to build charging sites after Volkswagen has settled charges that it cheated on diesel emissions.
A zero to 60 in 3 seconds is certainly fast, but with respect to the acceleration of electric vehicles, a four-wheel drive vehicle can still go faster. The high-end Tesla Model S (P100D with "Ludicrous Speed") can do this in 2.4 seconds.