It’s been a long wait since Harley-Davidson first teased the Livewire back in 2014. A lot has changed from the initial concept over the past 5 years and its official release is now just around the corner. This electric motorcycle marks an important transition for Harley-Davidson as they begin to explore new markets and demographics in a shifting industry.
There are still a lot of details that have not been disclosed, such as when the bike is expected to hit US shores and where it is being produced. As a result of the ongoing trade war, Harley-Davidson already announced that they would be moving some production out of the US in an effort to avoid retaliatory tariffs. There is a chance that the Livewire will still be made at one of their manufacturing plants in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania or Missouri but we will have to wait on confirmation.
With an MSRP of $29,799, the brands first electric motorcycle is more expensive than any of its comparable rivals. California based companies such as Zero and Lighting both have new electric models this year that are priced well below the LiveWire and claim higher performance numbers.
Recently, Harley-Davidson has updated the acceleration figures on the LiveWire with a new claimed 0-60 mph time of just 3 seconds. The 60-80 mph time is even more impressive and at 1.9 seconds, it's quicker than anything non-electric and that includes the legendary Suzuki Hayabusa.
Deliveries in the US are set to begin by the end of this year, and in the coming months, we hope to learn more specifics. Will the LiveWire be able to succeed based upon innovative tech, premium parts, and its American legacy? We will find out soon enough.