With the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson is planning to launch their first electric motorcycle soon. In order to offer its customers a simple charging solution on the road, the motorcycle manufacturer is now relying also on the fast-charging network of VW subsidiary Electrify America.
Among other things, the two companies have agreed that LiveWire drivers can charge up to 500 kWh of free electricity from Electrify America’s charging stations – at least for those customers who will buy an electric motorcycle from Harley-Davidson between August 2019 and July 2021.
Electrify America was founded by Volkswagen following the diesel scandal. The aim is to accelerate the introduction of electric cars with a US-wide fast-charging network. Currently, stations are planned in 42 US states. “With an average of 70 miles between each of our charging stations, we are creating a network that is premium, ubiquitous and powerful,” said Giovanni Palazzo, President and CEO of Electrify America, in a statement. “So it makes sense that we would expand that offering to electric motorcycle owners.”
While many electric motorcycles can only be charged with alternating current, the electric Harley will also be fast-charging via DC. In the images of the North American model published so far, the LiveWire has a CCS1 socket. This suggests that the European model will have a CCS2 connector. Harley states the range as 140 miles (225 kilometres) in urban traffic and 88 miles (142 kilometres) in the combined cycle. The acceleration from 0 to 60 mph should be achieved in 3.0 seconds. A full charge takes no more than an hour, says Harley. The battery holds cells from Samsung SDI.
The Harley LiveWire electric motorcycle can also be pre-ordered in Europe since April. The recommended retail price for the LiveWire is £28,995 in the UK, 32,995 euros in Germany and 33,390 Euro in Austria.