An Electric Future for Harley-Davidson: Project LiveWire

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Four years ago, in 2014, Harley-Davidson released rumours of their plans to release a whole range of electric motorcycles. They have recently elaborated on that, and it seems to be that Harley have been planning like the pros that they are! We’re not sure how many people were working on all the different designs, but following Project LiveWire, Harley-Davidson will bring us enough motorcycles (and bicycles – yes, you read that correctly) to start a whole new manufacturer altogether!

The team at bike trader, WeBuyAnyBike can’t wait for the release(s)! We’ve done some investigating to find out as much as we can about all the bikes, and we’re here to share the up and coming ‘rise of the Harleys’ with you today!

Brief Beginnings

Harley Davidson was founded in 1903 by 3 childhood friends, William S. Harley, Arthur Davidson, and Walter Davidson. The following 5 years tested the boys to their limits until they realised they needed a fourth member. William Davidson started working on the bikes in 1907. Their first sale was to their other childhood friend, Henry Meyer. Since then, they have sold many, many bikes (as we all know), and the company have grown to be one of the biggest motorcycle empires in the world today!

Read about the in-depth history of Harley-Davidson, here!

What is Project LiveWire?

As I mentioned earlier, the rumours began to speculate of Project LiveWire back in 2014. Many people are showing their growing concerns that there have been many releases of electric motorcycles from other manufacturers, other than Harley Davidson. We can only assume that it is because they like to perfect things and that they have obviously been working on many designs under the radar.

Project LiveWire is only the beginning of what’s to come! What we do know is that there is already a prototype out in action. Over 12,000 lucky riders that have been given the opportunity to ride it already! This model has a full range of specs, such as:

  • 74 HP
  • 460 lbs
  • Estimated 7kWh battery
  • 17 inch rear wheel & 18 inch front wheel
  • Direct Drive Powertrain
  • Single disc 2-piston front brake
Source: Tech Crunch

The bodywork specs are as follows:

  • 14lbs Cast Aluminium (trellis) frame & swing arm – This particular design, is something brand new and unique to any other Harley Davidson model.
  • LED Headlight
  • TFT Dashboard

This bike has an estimated charge time of 3.5 hours, a ride distance of 58 miles, and claims to reach 0 – 60 in less than 4 seconds. The TFT touch-screen Dashboard Display has a selection of system statistics on show, such as:

  • Battery Percentage & Voltage
  • Battery Temperature
  • ECU Temperature
  • Time to Full Charge
  • Modes: Range Ride & Power Ride

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In January of this year (2018), Harley formerly announced that they would be investing in Alta Motors, which will definitely aid them in their future plans.

Who are Alta Motors?

When Harley-Davidson was 108 years old, Alta Motors came to fruition. The company was founded by a group of four friends in a little city called Brisbane (California, not Australia). Formerly known as BRD Motorcycles, the business was founded by David Drennan, Derek Dorresteyn, Jeff Sand, and Mark Fenigstein. It is backed financially by Tesla Co-Founders, Marc Tarpenning, and Martin Eberhard.

You may not have heard of Alta Motors, this is probably because they are a small Electric Motorcycle Manufacturer who primarily specialized in off-road motorcycles. However, we have confidence that you’ll probably hear more from them as the growth of Harley-Davidson Electric Bikes commences.

Their most popular project to date has been the Redshift series; check out motoheadmag.com for their review!

2019 Update:

Alta Motors have now seized operations it looks like HD are going solo for this project!

Harley-Davidson is bringing out a bicycle?!

Believe me; we’re just as confused as you! According to a variety of articles, and rumours from the Harley Headquarters themselves, the Project Livewire will be easier to ride than an actual pedal bike! However, to date there are only rumours of a bicycle release, nothing has been confirmed yet. What we do know is that Harley are using their new project to branch out from only Cruisers and Tourers.

Here is a list of the bikes due for release so far:

  • LiveWire is due for release in 2019.
  • Pan America – Harley’s very own Dirt Bike, due for release in 2020.
  • Streetfighter – Following the decline of Buell, Harley will be bringing out this new electric model, due for release in 2020.
  • Harley-Davidson Custom Electric Motorcycle, with stripped-down styling, due for release 2021.

There is also rumoured to be other plans for a range of future electric models, such as another dirt bike and a moped/commuter, but these have not yet been confirmed.

Here at WeBuyAnyBike, we can’t wait to see the response when the electric models are released, but until then, we guess it’s just a waiting game!

Sell My Harley-Davidson

Would you like to sell your Harley Davidson? Maybe you’re reading this in the future and you’d like to sell your Livewire! Well, worry not. We Buy Any Bike offer a platform for all bikers to get a price for their bikes! We buy lots of Harley-Davidson motorcycles every week… Here are just a few models that we have bought recently…

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Author: Emma Henry

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