American manufacturer Harley-Davidson have just released more information regarding their electric LiveWire™ motorcycle, including performance, electronic rider aids and interface, and available colour options.
Powered by the all-new H-D Revelation™ permanent-magnet electric motor, the LiveWire™ makes 105hp and 116Nm of torque. Unlike an internal combustion motor, the H-D Revelation motor produces 100% of its rated torque the instant the throttle is twisted, resulting in incredible and seamless acceleration – 0-100km/h takes only 3 seconds, and 100-130km/h takes only a further 1.9 seconds. With a range of up to 235 kilometres (city), the H-D Revelation motor certainly has the numbers to back up the hype.
Cooling for the electric motor is provided by a water jacket, circulating coolant through a small radiator, the only similarity between the Revelation motor and an internal combustion engine. Power is provided by a 15.5kWh high-voltage battery, called a ‘Rechargeable Energy Storage System’ (RESS), composed of lithium-ion cells, positioned in the centre of the motorcycle frame. The RESS is enclosed in a cast-aluminium housing which also acts as a heat-sink to help cool the cells. The sides of the housing are finned and exposed to the air, visible within the motorcycle frame. It is attached to the frame at several points, adding to the overall rigidity of the chassis.
The LiveWire™ can regenerate power as well, when the rider is coasting ‘off-throttle’, the motor becomes a generator. The rider can adjust the level of regeneration, as an element of each of the four Ride Modes, which also control the performance characteristics of the motorcycle. Power levels, throttle response, and traction control settings are pre-programmed into each of the four Ride Modes, and three Custom Modes are also available for the rider to programme in their own personal settings.
The LiveWire™ is equipped with a Level 1 charger that plugs directly into a standard household wall power-socket, with a special power cord that stores under the motorcycle seat. Level 1 range-per-hour of charging is approximately 20
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire™ will be available in three colour options: Vivid Black, Yellow Fuse, or Orange Fuse. A variety of accessories will also be available to
It is expected in New Zealand next year, with no confirmed pricing available at the time of print.
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