Harley-Davidson Will Build The Livewire
Just don’t expect the Harley-Davidson Livewire to come next year
Harley-Davidson has announced it will build the Livewire electric motorcycle that set tongues wagging way back in 2013—but we have no idea when we’ll see them rolling on U.S. roads.
The confirmation of the Livewire came from current Harley-Davidson Vice President Bill Davidson in an interview with The Drive, yet he was especially vague about the production schedule, saying, “We don’t know yet when we’re going to introduce it (the Livewire) but it is progressing well and we will eventually introduce it.”
Davidson also noted one of the major project goals for the Livewire is to have the correct sound from a vehicle that emits next to none. The electric vehicle’s sound is an important point for Harley-Davidson, which has traded off the iconic rumble of its pushrod V-twins for well over a century and is an integral part of the H-D brand.
“We’ve created a unique sound through various technologies,” Davidson said. “We have studied our competitors and we understand what they are up to and we did not want a normal-sounding electric motorcycle. We wanted something that plays into that look and sound formula. It is something really cool. I often refer to it as sounding like a jet fighter.”
The original Harley-Davidson Project Livewire prototype of 2013 used a 7kWhr battery powering an electric motor. The end result was 74hp and 56-lb of torque, with a range of about 50 miles. Expect that to change dramatically by the time the Livewire is “eventually” released to the public as motorcycle battery technology has made impressive gains even since 2013, so if we don’t see the Livewire before this decade is out—a real possibility—then H-D’s sparky bike should come with some pretty impressive specs.