Harley-Davidson unveils an electric motorbike

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Last Updated: Jun 21, 2014

Harley-Davidson, one of the most recognised brands for gasoline-slugging motorbikes, is trying their hand at the electric motor with the new battery powered motorbike, looking to appeal to younger audiences.

Matt Levatich, the CEO and Chairman of Harley-Davidson, said he would like to hear feedback on the electric motorbike, currently two years from a potential release. Prototypes will be available for “select customers” next week for test drives.

Zero Motorcycles, Brammo and Mission Motorcycles have all made electric motorcycles available today and BMW are experimenting with their own scooter in Europe. Harley-Davidson does have the right design in mind, sticking with the classic motorcycle look to tempt older fans.

The prototype currently on offer can do around 100 miles before needing a recharge and can go from 0 to 60 in just under four seconds. Tesla’s Model S was also capable of 0 to 60 in an absurd time, due to the new electric motor being quicker on the start.

Electric cars are starting to become a really big thing in the U.S and some other countries, especially where Tesla Motors is present. This is great for environmentalists, but gas companies working on car fuel might be a little scared for the future.

Tesla Motors wants innovation to speed up and just recently released patents for their Supercharger, allowing other car manufacturers to use their electric stops. Harley-Davidson could potentially use the same electric car stations to charge the motorcycle.

Electric vehicles still need to go through some changes in order to gain mass appeal, most importantly there needs to be more adoption on gas stations and more rollout of electric stations, giving users more areas to charge their vehicle.

We are glad to see one of the older and more conventional manufacturers come forward and unveil an electric motorbike. Even if Harley-Davidson is well known for its gas-slugging motorbikes that have been loved in the U.S for almost a century, drawing in a new younger audience is not a bad idea.

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