Iconic motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson has introduced its first fully electric motorcycle, offering bikers the chance to test and provide feedback on what they would expect from an electric motorbike.
Part of the company’s Project LiveWire, the innovative eco-friendly motorbike was unveiled by Harley Davidson’s chief marketing officer Mark-Hans Richer during an event in New York on Monday.
Capable of driving at up to 150 km/h, the bike has a range of 130 miles before it needs recharging – a procedure which would take between 30 minutes and one hour. Harley-Davidson says the vehicle will be able to accelerate to 60mph in four seconds.
First Harley-Davidson enthusiasts had a chance to put the bike to test and shared their impressions on Twitter.
“Back from a test ride on Harleys #projectlivewire. Amazing power and great handling,” tweeted Buzz Kanter.
Another rider, Charlie Builds, tweeted: “#ProjectLiveWire is definitely the most exciting thing I've seen in the motorcycle world. Ever.”
Basem Wasef expressed similar enthusiasm about the motorbike: “First ride complete, very impressive!”
And Ryan Dembroski said: “Love the way this thing sounds!”
As every electric vehicle, the engine in Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle is completely silent. The lack of the trademark roar was mentioned by many users during the event as a major downside.
The Project LiveWire motorcycles are not currently for sale and will only be used by Harley-Davidson to gain insight into riders expectations from electric vehicles.