Harley Davidson has unveiled their first electric motorcycle dubbed “Project LiveWire”, marking a departure from the company’s history of making loud, powerful petrol bikes.

The new model uses a three-phase AC induction electric motor to produce 74hp at 8,000 rpm and peak torque of 77kg/m. The bike will accelerate form 0-60mph in under four seconds and manage a range of around 50 miles with the standard battery pack.

Harley Davidson said:
“In keeping with the company’s customer-led product development approach, starting next week select consumers across the U.S.A. will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike, helping to shape the future of Harley-Davidson’s first-ever electric motorcycle.

Project LiveWire is planned to come to Canada and Europe in 2015.

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