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Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle

Discussion in 'Automotive' started by kwflatbed, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle

    Posted: Jun 19, 2014 8:40 AM EDT

    Updated: Jun 19, 2014 8:47 AM EDT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) - Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand to become a leader in developing technology and standards for electric vehicles.
    Harley will show handmade demonstration models Monday at an invitation-only event in New York. The company will then take several dozen riders on a 30-city tour to test drive the bikes and provide feedback. Harley will use the information it gathers to continue refining the bike, which might not hit the market for several more years.
    The venture is a risk for Harley because there's currently almost no market for full-size electric motorcycles. The millions of two-wheeled electric vehicles sold each year are almost exclusively scooters and low-powered bikes that appeal to Chinese commuters. But one analyst said investment by a major manufacturer could help create demand, and Levatich emphasized in an interview with The Associated Press that Harley is interested in the long-term potential, regardless of immediate demand.
    "We think that the trends in both EV technology and customer openness to EV products, both automotive and motorcycles, is only going to increase, and when you think about sustainability and environmental trends, we just see that being an increasing part of the lifestyle and the requirements of riders," Levatich said. "So, nobody can predict right now how big that industry will be or how significant it will be."
    At the same time, Levatich and others involved in creating the sleek, futuristic LiveWire predicted it would sell based on performance, not environmental awareness. With no need to shift gears, the slim, sporty bike can go from 0 to 60 mph in about 4 seconds. The engine is silent, but the meshing of gears emits a hum like a jet airplane taking off.
    "Some people may get on it thinking, 'golf cart,'" lead engineer Jeff Richlen said. "And they get off thinking, 'rocket ship.'"
    One hurdle the company has yet to address is the limited range offered by electric motorcycles. The batteries must be recharged after about 130 miles, and that can take 30 minutes to an hour.

  2. Pvt. Cowboy

    Pvt. Cowboy Lemme take a selfie Staff Member

    Jet airplane? Hmm.

    At least it's not a hybrid. Those make the sound "I'mmmmmm gaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy" as they pass by.
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  3. Truck

    Truck MassCops Member

    Any body want to partner up and develop and sell an exhaust system that will be ear splitting loud for these things, we would be millionaires. Can't have a Harley that doesn't say "look at me."
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  4. FTH

    FTH MassCops Member

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