HARLEY-DAVIDSON’S ALL-ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES WILL BE ON THE ROAD WITHIN FIVE YEARS

IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL, HARLEY SENIOR VP SEAN CUMMINGS SAYS THAT IT’LL PUT AN ALL-ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE ON THE ROAD WITHIN FIVE YEARS. YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT THE WISCONSIN-BASED COMPANY BUILT A LIMITED NUMBER OF LIVEWIRE ELECTRIC PROTOTYPES IN 2014, LETTING MEDIA AND CUSTOMERS GO FOR TEST RIDES, BUT THOSE BIKES WERE NEVER SOLD TO THE PUBLIC AND WERE NEVER INTENDED FOR A PRODUCTION RUN. STILL, LIVEWIRE’S EXISTENCE SUGGESTED HARLEY WAS PRETTY SERIOUS ABOUT EXPLORING THE NOTION OF AN EV MOTORCYCLE — AND APPARENTLY, THE CUSTOMER RESPONSE WAS POSITIVE.
THE LIVEWIRE WAS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE FOR ITS DAY, CAPABLE OF 0 TO 60 IN UNDER FOUR SECONDS AND A TOP SPEED OF NEARLY 100 MILES PER HOUR — BUT THE 55-MILE RANGE (33 IN A HIGH-PERFORMANCE MODE) ALONG WITH THE 3.5-HOUR CHARGING TIME MADE IT A LITTLE LESS VERSATILE THAN A TRADITIONAL GASOLINE MOTORCYCLE. PRESUMABLY, HARLEY WILL USE THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO ENGINEER A NEWER, BETTER POWERTRAIN THAT OFFERS MORE RANGE AND QUICKER CHARGING.
 THE FINAL LOOK, SPECS, AND TARGET DEMO FOR THE PRODUCTION ELECTRIC HARLEY AREN’T YET KNOWN — AND PROBABLY WON’T BE FOR SOME TIME — BUT IT’S SAFE TO SAY THAT THE COMPANY IS LOOKING TO ATTRACT A NEW GENERATION OF CUSTOMERS: AS OF 2013, THE AVERAGE HARLEY BUYER WAS BORN IN 1965.

source:automotohabits.com

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