harley-davidson has announced the presentation of its first electric model dubbed the LiveWire during milan’s EICMA 2018 on november 6th. the model is an authentic harley-davidson expression of individuality, iconic style and performance that just happens to be electric. this is the first no-clutch, ‘twist and go’ motorcycle the american motorcycle manufacturer will put on the market but definitely not the last one.

LiveWire, harley-davidson's first electric motorcycle to be presented at EICMA 2018 designboom
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the first public viewing of the electric-powered harley-davidson LiveWire in EICMA 2018 will give visitors the chance to get up close to the production-ready motorcycle. on sale in 2019, the LiveWire was announced in july as part of the company’s  growth strategy, wanting to establish itself as the leader in the electrification of the sport. a broader range of electric models that are light, nimble and ready to tackle the urban landscape are planned to be available by 2022.


stay tuned for our EICMA coverage.

LiveWire, harley-davidson's first electric motorcycle to be presented at EICMA 2018 designboom

LiveWire, harley-davidson's first electric motorcycle to be presented at EICMA 2018 designboom

  • As a Harley rider of 20 years, I approve. I like the styling, modern but understated, not some garish George Jetson monstrosity. I would ride one of these.

    Rick says:
  • Will full dressed road bikes be available in electric , its concwrn because alot of us harley owners wont ride but dresser bikes road king, Street glide , electriglide just curious

    Ailler says:
  • Harley should come out with an automatic cycle with a classic look. The electric bike look like it was bought at Hobby Town. Maybe they could bring back the Riggley type automatic to attract new young riders. Honda has had good success with thier automatics. I could envision a Soft Tail automatic.

    Paul Tarantino says:
  • It looks like this is ike supports DC quick charging, if so take my money now!

    Brent P says:
  • It’s a joke to call this a motorcycle, hence (motor) I don’t see this as a viable scooter at a cost effective price, Harley’s a sellout to the American people with all the manufacturing going overseas, everyone says you can’t banckrupt a multibillion dollar company, but levitch is really trying real hard, now they deal with recall after recall for cheap shoddy parts from japan (238,000) bikes for clutch problems , not counting the brake , high speed wobble, throttle, are a few. Then you have the pricing, will it be down where people will buy it, that’s the problem now they are so stuck on themselves anymore that they keep the prices up where the average person can’t afford them. Harley’s lost touch with the American people and banking on overseas hence ( SELLOUT) …. We’ll see what happens.

    Roger taylor says:
  • Great to see Harley realising the future. No need for auto with one of these. What kind of range are they getting? Kwh of battery pack, i assume it lithium phosphate? What is he kw of the motor and torque curve?
    Will have to do some more research. I have built a couple of electric motor bikes, apart from the lack of a decent note, weight and re gen braking…i think this will be a sleeper. Going to be a laugh watching this disappear while some dudes reving the guts out of his petrol head.

    Wayne says:
  • Every fan has an electric motor. Just saying it’s not an enginecycle.

    Michael Neal says:
  • Alas … the future looks … QUIET … The most obnoxious thing about motorcycles, especially Harley’s, is their sound.

    Leonardo Sideri says:
  • What Roger Taylor doesn’t understand is that “motor” IS electric as in ELECTRIC MOTOR”. Most powered two wheeled vehicles are actually “Engine cycles” as in “internal combustion engine”. The idea that “all the manufacturing is going overseas” is a complete fabrication. Only some and only for those local markets is being considered.

    Gregg Bates says:
  • I’ve been riding motobike for almost 20 years…but if ever again, it will definetely be only with an electric drive. I only want to hear the wind, the birds and my laughter.

    Dirk says:
  • Team up with Tesla and the combo would zoom…….

    Earl Simmins says:
  • All of Harley’s manufacturing is not going overseas, just the bikes for the overseas market. Harley Davidson is really getting their game together, with smaller cc bikes, and now electric. They’ve gone from a docile giant to a fresh and tech-forward enterprise.

    Paul D says:
  • Harley sense its beginning has always been the American example of freedom on the road ,traveling America is a long and original process without passports if not for bush we would still be going to the ends of the continent. I guess they felt the greed and jumped on the bandwagon .they better do the same with electrics or we’ll leave them in the dust again.as a loyal customer through the amf years, I cant wait to get one heres a little family humor my better half just talked me out of a new one because im 59 but I talked her into a dirt bike by bring up our beach rides and the lack of insecure cage drivers please tell me it comes in off road or at least don’t mention it one way or the other. thank you


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