Have you had a chance to see the electric motorcycle that Harley-Davidson called LiveWire? Of course this new motorcycle does not have the same kind of sound we have come to know and love when we ride a Harley.
However, riding a motorcycle powered by batteries instead of gas will be a very different experience. It is reported to be “notably quiet and has zero emissions”.
The LiveWire reportedly has a range of more than 50 miles and can speed from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds. It also has a push-button ignition, lithium-ion batteries and direct drive.
Motorcycle critic Susan Carpenter of the Orange County Register calls it “one of the biggest game changers in motorcycling history,” noting Harley's role as America's biggest motorcycle company (accounting for 44 percent of sales of road bikes last year).
“Electric motorcycles have been on the market since 2008,” Carpenter notes, “but they are made by niche manufacturers who account for less than 1 percent of overall sales.”