The name LiveWire is getting a big promotion at Harley-Davidson. The American company is turning the name of its first electric motorcycle unveiled in 2018 into an EV brand. In select locations, Harley-Davidson will sell LiveWire products at dedicated showrooms, and the company will open the first LiveWire showroom in California.
With LiveWire spun off into a separate brand, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle could be renamed this year. The company says that it will launch the first LiveWire brand model on July 8, 2021. This model could be an updated and rebranded Harley-Davidson LiveWire.
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire could get an update with further advances to its electric powertrain, suggested a report from motorcycle.com in December last year.
Introduced at the EICMA 2018, the production Harley-Davidson LiveWire went on sale in 2019. As Harley-Davidson rejigs its line-up globally, several models are getting axed. The LiveWire, though, is the beginning of the next phase of Harley-Davidson’s business and isn’t going anywhere. However, it will move from the Harley-Davidson brand to the new LiveWire brand, and with that, a new identity.
Harley-Davidson could update the LiveWire for MY2022 with key enhancements to its electric powertrain. It is common for EVs to get regular software upgrades for improved range and/or performance besides improving the functionality or rideability of the motorcycle. A bigger round of changes, which could include a few cosmetic revisions, comes traditionally around the middle of the model’s life on the market.
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire features a 15.5 kWh battery pack and the Revelation electric motor, which generates 105 hp and 86 ft-lb (117 Nm) of torque. A 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) sprint takes just 3.0 seconds, and the top speed is 95 mph (153 km/h). The premium electric bike can do 235 km/146 miles (city)/152 km/95 miles (combined) on a full charge.
Using an AC charger, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire’s battery pack can be charged at a rate as fast as 22.2 km/hour. Using a DC charger, a significantly higher charging rate of 356 km/hour can be achieved. This should mean a full-charging in under one hour. In the U.S. market, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire retails at $29,799.
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