Harley Davidson Livewire

They say the more things change, the more they stay the same. With that Harley is hoping to electrify it’s future and encourage a whole new generation of the freedom that the open road can bring. This time around though without the familiar sound of the pipes couple to a pulsating engine throbbing between ones legs.

Still no official launch date for the Australian market, though when it arrives will be what I call the first serious salvo in the two wheeled market. There have been attempts with offerings from Zero Motorcycles which only made a tiny dent on a competitive traditional market. There have also been attempts to bring in some Chinese imports through various partnerships to varying degrees of success and failure.

Range has always been the biggest obstacle to overcome due to the current limitations with battery density and weight, and being able to package sufficient electrons into a limited space. However Halrey Davidson have done a pretty decent job of getting a balance between Urban and Extra Urban range whilst also offering a few different ways to re-energise thos Lithium cells.

The LiveWire® can be charged at any compatible charging station, or with its on-board charger and a standard household outlet.

Level 1 (standard household outlet): 13 miles range per hour of charged.

Level 2: LiveWire can be connected to a Level 2 charge unit but will be charged at the Level 1 rate.

Level 3 (DC Fast Charge): 192 miles range per hour charged.

Harley Davidson Australia

The LiveWire® will likely offer CCS 2 Combo adaptor which should make it possible to access the Australian fast charging network being rolled out across much of Australia. Currently you can go from Brisbane to Adelaide via Sydney and Melbourne without too much hassle.

Like all things EV there is very little maintenance required, with tyres and brakes being the main items to pay attention to. especially with the buckets of torque delivered to the rear wheel. Hopefully there will be more news on timing and pricing soon.

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