Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, will soon be released to the public — it goes on sale in 2019 and market availability will be shared in August.
In anticipation of the upcoming release, the iconic motorcycle company has announced that it will be providing two years of free charging for its eco-conscious bikers.
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Though the LiveWire does have a longer range than many expected — it can travel 146 miles on a single charge — being able to easily charge when the juice is running low will still be a priority for anyone thinking of buying the electric motorcycle.
As Engadget reports, Harley-Davidson is running a promotion for buyers of the new bike, that will help them mitigate its hefty $29,799 fee.
On buying the motorbike, you will get two years of free charging for ChargePoint stations at participating Harley dealers. You will also receive 500 kWh of charging service at Electrify America stations.
The LiveWire was unveiled in January this year at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. It is comparatively fast for an electric motorcycle, having an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3 seconds.
Aside from being a fully electric vehicle, the new Harley-Davidson bike project is also aiming to push the boundaries when it comes to connectivity. The motorcycle company has installed connected services enabled by an LTE-connected Telematics Control Unit hidden under the bike’s seat. These, they say, will allow riders to be fully connected, providing them a better riding experience.
The motorcycle also comes with seven different riding modes, including three you can self-program. It will have anti-lock brakes and a traction-control system as standard, as well as an adjustable color touchscreen that enables smooth navigation, music, Bluetooth connectivity and more.
Synthetic motor tones?
While many other EVs have a synthetic sound emitter — like the Hans Zimmerman-composed car sounds for BMW's 'Vision M Next' concept. — LiveWire's sound is not synthetic.
The electric Harley-Davidson engine will change pitch and volume according to speed — the gear set between the motor and the drive belt is designed to produce a signature Harley-Davidson sound as the LiveWire accelerates and gains speed.
The sound emitted by the e-motorcycle is "a mechanical signature Harley-Davidson sound" that "represents the smooth, electric power of the LiveWire motorcycle," Harley-Davidson said in a statement.
The iconic motorcycle makers no doubt hope their new promotion, as well as new features such as the Harley sound, will encourage diehard Harley bikers to go electric.
Last Update on 15.07.2019: Correction of some factual inaccuracies on the speed and nature of the motorcycle's engine.