To push the acceptance of electric vehicles, buyers of the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle with the equivalent of 500 kilowatt hours of charge time under an agreement with Electrify America.
“At Harley-Davidson, we are taking significant steps to lead in the electrification of motorcycling, including supporting the development of global charging infrastructure,” said Luke Mansfield, vice president and chief strategy officer for Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “We look forward to providing our customers with ample opportunities to charge their Livewire motorcycles, including having access to complimentary charging on Electrify America’s growing network.”
Purchasers of the electric bike will get a per-minute equivalent of 500 kWh over two years at Electrify America charging stations, and starting in August 2019, they can enroll and manage their charging plan through the Electrify America mobile app (available for both Android and iPhone) to take advantage of 140 fast charging stations on major routes across the US (expected to top 480 in 42 states by the end of the year and upwards of 800 in 45 states by the end of 2021).
Electrify America will also be integrating the Harley-Davidson app at its charging locations, to highlight the convenience of charging on the network to LiveWire owners.
“With an average of (112 km) between each of our charging stations, we are creating a network that is premium, ubiquitous and powerful, so it makes sense that we would expand that offering to electric motorcycle owners,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO of Electrify America. “We are excited to work with an iconic brand like Harley-Davidson, as part of a shared commitment to advancing the electric transportation industry.”
Powered by a 56-kW motor, the 209-kg LiveWire goes from zero to 100 km/h in about 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 153 km/h, yet its 15.5-kWh battery offers a range of 180 km.