Harley-Davidson has restarted the production and sales of its electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, after a brief halt earlier this month. The American two-wheeler brand had stopped the production and the sales of the LiveWire to address a charging issue.
Temporarily stopping LiveWire production allowed us to confirm that the non-standard condition identified on one motorcycle was a singular occurrence. After completing rigorous analysis this week, we have resumed LiveWire production and deliveries.
Despite the halt in production and sales, Harley-Davidson had maintained that it was safe to ride the LiveWire, although it recommended charging the vehicle at Harley-Davidson dealerships.
Harley-Davidson LiveWire is part of the company’s ambitious “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” strategy. The first electric vehicle from the brand packs a 15.5 kWh battery pack with fast charging capabilities. Harley-Davidson claims that the battery pack can be recharged to 80% in just 40 minutes through a DC fast charger. A full recharge takes an hour with the DC fast charger. The standard AC-powered wall-charger takes 12 hours 30 minutes to fully recharge the pack. The vehicle boasts a range of 235 km.
The battery pack feeds an electric motor that pumps out 105 hp of max power and 116 Nm of peak torque. The top speed is rated at 110 mph (117 km/h), while the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) acceleration takes 3.0 seconds. The LiveWire comes with as many as 7 riding modes – Sport, Road, Rain, Range and three custom. The comprehensive Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) comprise Cornering Anti-lock Braking System (C-ABS), Cornering Traction Control System (C-TCS), Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS) and Rear Wheel Lift Mitigation.
Key features of the electric bike include full-LED lighting (blinkers, headlight and taillight) and a 4.3-inch TFT display. Premium hardware setup features 43 mm inverted Showa Separate Function Big Piston fork at the front and Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion-lite mono-shock at the back – both adjustable. Braking tasks are handled by twin 300 mm front discs with 4 piston radially-mounted callipers and a 260 mm disc with a floating calliper at the back.
Harley-Davidson showcased the electric motorcycle in India in August this year. The Indian launch is expected to happen in 2020. The LiveWire retails at USD 29,799 (INR 21.12 lakh – as per conversion rate on 22 October) in the US market.