Harley-Davidson has launched its first electric motorcycle

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The production-ready prototype of the all-electric vehicle made its European debut at the Esposizione Internazionale del Ciclo, Motociclo Accessori, also known as the Milan Motorcycle Show, which opened on 6 November.

The LiveWire bike is designed to appeal to new riders who are attracted to electrified vehicles, or who have been put off learning to ride by the prospect of having to manage the clutch and throttle to shift gears.

Harley-Davidson has been developing the prototype and testing it with the public since 2014, under the name Project LiveWire.

The motorcycle brand describes the resulting bike as an “authentic Harley-Davidson expression of individuality, iconic style and performance that just happens to be electric”.

The original LiveWire prototype could get from 0–60mph in under four seconds, and had a range of about 55 miles in “economy” mode. Both of those numbers should jump with the production version — the range, especially, as some electric bikes from companies like Zero Motorcycles easily eclipse 100 miles these days. Whether Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle matches numbers like that could play a major factor in the bike’s success. The company has flirted with the idea of going electric for a while now — including investing in the apparently now-defunct startup Alta Motors — and could clearly use a boost.



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