After months of teasing, Harley-Davidson has finally let their first all-electric model loose on the iconic driveway of Goodwood, UK for its debut at the 2019 Festival of Speed. The event attracts exotic vehicles, race cars concepts and new models, to race up the famous driveway of Lord March in an attempt to take the hillclimb record.
Harley-Davidson saw this as the perfect opportunity to show-off their new all-electric model, the Livewire and let the world finally see what its upcoming model can do.
The LiveWire is powered by an electric motor and high-voltage Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) battery. The battery is made up of lithium-ion cells surrounded by a finned, cast-aluminum housing. It can run for 225 km in the city or 142 km in combined stop-and-go urban settings.
The electric motorcycle can be charged with an onboard charger and power cord to connect to any standard household outlet. It gets a full charge overnight. It is also quick charge compatible, able to hook up to fast charge stations already put up in the US and Europe.
The LiveWire can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 3 seconds. Harley has not revealed a top speed, however, promises it will be a thrilling ride as there are no gears or clutch. The rider only needs to twist the throttle.
The LiveWire is also equipped with Electronic Chassis Control (ECC) system with several functions. It manages the cornering-enhanced Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS) and Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS) by modulating torque available at the rear wheel. It combines electronic controls and hydraulics where required, utilizing the latest six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) and ABS sensor technology.
Finally, owners will be able to connect their phone to the LiveWire with the latest version of the Harley‑Davidson App. It allows the rider to check bike vitals like battery charge status, see its location on a map, and get security alerts if it’s been bumped, tampered with or moved.
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire will be launched in the US in August 2019 and sold for US$29,799.