The Harley-Davidson LiveWire could get an update next year with further advances to its electric powertrain, suggests a new report from motorcycle.com. Indian audience would recall that the first Harley-Davidson electric bike was showcased in this country in August 2019, but any hopes of a regional launch were taken out as the company withdrew from the market this year.
Introduced at the EICMA 2018, the production Harley-Davidson LiveWire went on sale last year. As Harley-Davidson rejigs its line-up globally, several models are getting axed. The LiveWire, though, is the beginning of the next phase of Harley-Davidson’s business and isn’t going anywhere.
According to the report, Harley-Davidson could update the LiveWire for MY2022 with enhancements to its electric powertrain. It is common for EVs to get regular software upgrades for improved range and/or performance besides improving the functionality or rideability of the motorcycle. A bigger round of changes, which could include a few cosmetic revisions, comes traditionally around the middle of the model’s life on the market.
The Harley-Davidson LiveWire features a 15.5 kWh battery pack and the Revelation electric motor, which generates 105 hp and 86 ft-lb (117 Nm) of torque. A 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) sprint takes just 3.0 seconds, and the top speed is 95 mph (153 km/h). The premium electric bike can go up to 235 km (city)/152 km (combined) on a full charge.
Using an AC charger, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire’s battery pack can be charged at a rate as fast as 22.2 km/hour. Using a DC charger, a significantly higher charging rate of 356 km/hour can be achieved. This should mean a full-charging in under one hour. In the U.S. market, the Harley-Davidson LiveWire retails at $29,799 or INR 22 lakh.