Harley presents second LiveWire brand motorcycle
Harley-Davidson has presented the second model of its LiveWire electric motorbike brand. The LiveWire Del Mar is based on the new S2 Arrow platform and has an output of 60 kW. Interest seems to be high: a Launch Edition limited to 100 units was already sold out after a few minutes.
While the first model, which came onto the market as the Harley-Davidson LiveWire, was intended to emulate the classic Harley models, the US manufacturer is now taking a different approach: LiveWire has gone from being a model name to a brand name, and the new models have a correspondingly different design. As the US American motorbike portal Ride Apart writes, the spin-off has “liberated” the eMobility brand from the Motor Company’s traditional styling.
It was already known that the S2 Del Mar would use a completely new construction method with its Arrow platform. The battery housing is used as a load-bearing component, the classic frame is omitted. This should reduce weight and costs. Harley-Davidson and LiveWire have so far been reticent about technical data.
The Americans are now making up for this with the premiere of the S2 Del Mar. The power output is the aforementioned 60 kW, the weight is supposed to be 440 pounds or 200 kilograms. With this, the Del Mar is supposed to be able to accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph or 96 km/h in 3.5 seconds.
The city range is given as 100 miles (160 kilometres); there are no details yet on the range beyond city traffic. LiveWire has also not yet given any exact figures on the energy content of the battery. According to Electrek, the battery pack will consist of round cells in 2170 format.
The Del Mar is apparently only charged via AC. The charger is designed for charging according to Level 1 (120-volt socket) and Level 2 (220 to 240 volts). Level 3, as charging with direct current is called in the USA, is probably not possible.
The drivetrain including the battery pack is assembled at the Harley plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The final assembly of the vehicle will take place in York, Pennsylvania. The S2 Del Mar is to be followed by other models in the S2 series. An S3 series, which will be placed below the S2, is also being planned.
A Launch Edition limited to 100 units was already sold out after a few minutes. The base price for the standard LiveWire Del Mar model is said to be around 15,000 US dollars. However, this price is probably not yet final. Deliveries are scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2023.