Harley-Davidson Electric Motorcycle Production

February 9th, 2021 by
2021 Harley-Davidson Livewire

In 2019, the first Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle was released, but the story of the LiveWire™ goes back farther than that. In fact, a Harley-Davidson electric bike prototype was first debuted in 2014. Deep dive into the development and production of the ground-breaking Harley-Davidson LiveWire™ with Latus Motors Harley-Davidson!

LiveWire™ Inspiration

The Harley-Davidson LiveWire™ was inspired by the infamous Mission R superbike, which was known for delivering thrilling performance using electric power. Harley-Davidson worked in collaboration with Mission R electric powertrain manufacturers, Mission Motors, to develop the powertrains for the LiveWire™ prototypes. 

Harley-Davidson Electric Prototype Unveiled

The Harley-Davidson eclectic bike prototype was first unveiled in 2014 for test drives at Harley-Davidson dealerships around the United States. Later, in 2015, the prototypes made their way to Canada and Europe. At the time the Harley-Davidson LiveWire™ prototype was unveiled, planned features for the bike included a bevel gear, which works with the gilmer belt to turn the rear wheel, and a longitudinally-mounted motor under the frame.

Harley-Davidson Electric Bike & Production Issues

Harley-Davidson entered production for the LiveWire™ in January of 2018, with plans for models to be released to the market within 18 months. However, an unspecified charging issue caused Harley-Davidson to stop deliveries. The charging issue was resolved in October 2019. 

Harley-Davidson LiveWire™ Specs & Features

The final Harley-Davidson electric bike delivered exciting performance and fast and reliable charging. You can charge the LiveWire™ from a 0 to 80% charge in 40 minutes, or a 0 to 100% charge in 60 minutes using a DC Fast Charge station. Or, if you prefer to charge at home, you can charge overnight using any standard household outlet and the included Level 1 power cord. When it hits the road, the LiveWire™ performance specs include:

  • 105 hp 
  • 86 ft-lb of torque
  • 146 miles of city range 
  • 95 miles of combined stop-and-go and highway range

Harley-Davidson LiveWire™ Reactions & Reviews

Since hitting the roads of Portland and Vancouver, the LiveWire™ has garnered a dedicated following from reviews and riders alike. Just see what some of the experts are saying in their reviews of this Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle:

  • Motorcycle News- “It accelerates with the ferocity of a superbike, sounds like a fighter jet and even throbs like a pounding heartbeat at a standstill.”
  • The Drive- “Harley-Davidson did the impossible and delivered a motorcycle that’s not just technically advanced, but one that continues the Milwaukee brand’s legacy of making riders yearn for the open road.”
  • Road and Track- “Its purpose might well be giving every single motorcycle manufacturer an America-sized bullseye to aim at.”

Ride the Harley-Davidson LiveWire™ at Latus Motors Harley-Davidson

Now that you know more about what makes the LiveWire™ so impressive, climb aboard the new Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle at Latus Motors Harley-Davidson, and see how the LiveWire™ revolutionized the motorcycle industry for yourself. Reach out to us today to schedule your test ride today!

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