EVs are coming to India and they are coming fast in the form of four-wheelers and two-wheelers as well. Hyundai recently launched its first EV in India in the form of the Kona and now Harley Davidson is looking forward to launching its newly developed all-electric motorcycle in India. That’s right, an electric bike by none other than Harley-Davidson of all manufacturers. Called the LiveWire, the bike was first introduced as a concept at the EICMA 2018 motorcycle show and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019. Now, the famed American bike maker has listed the LiveWire on its Indian website under the ‘Future Vehicles’ category. Though there is no official announcement on the launch of the bike, its appearance on the website indicates towards a launch sometime in 2020.
The LiveWire carries several of Harley’s typical design DNAs including the headlamp cowl and the overall stance but still is a lot different than any bike the company has ever made. This is because the LiveWire is the first electric bike to come out of the house of Harley-Davidson and a lot of fans are not too happy for sure. However, the way of future is electric and hence Harley decided to stay ahead of the curve. The bike is priced at $29,799 in the US market which translates to around Rs. 20.5 lakhs in the Indian market. However, the actual cost could be a lot more if it’s brought in via the CBU route.
Powering the Harley-Davidson LiveWire is a 15.5 kWh battery pack which has been claimed to provide juice for 235 km on a full charge. The electric motor on the bike puts out a good 103 PS of power and a peak torque of 116 Nm. o-100 km/h time is claimed to be at just 3 seconds which is impressive. The bike also gets a total of 7 riding modes – Sport, Road, Rain, Range, and three custom modes. The standard AC powered wall charger will take around 12-13 hours for a full recharge but the DC Fast Charge can recharge the battery to 80% in 40 minutes and 100% in 1 hour.
On the whole, the coming year will see several new electric two-wheelers being launched in India. Though most of them would be electric scooters rather than electric bikes, the move towards EVs would be evident by the launch of these vehicles. Okinawa and Ather already offer decent electric scooters in India and the coming months will see the launch of electric bikes from Revolt Motors and Tork Motors. Bajaj and TVS are also looking at the two-wheeler EV space of the country and will begin this innings here with an electric scooter.
As for the question of charging infrastructure, the government is working on opening new charging stations across various metro cities and has already released tenders for the same. With all this happening quite quick, it won’t be wrong to say that the presence of EVs in India will gradually increase to a respectable percentage in the coming years.