Harley-Davidson Livewire electric bike would cost $50k if made today
Levatich's comments according to the Journal Sentinel were that the LiveWire "will be ready for the marketplace when next-generation battery technologies are ready." Right now, the electric bike would travel half the distance buyers want and cost $50,000, "about 50% more than customers would want to pay," said the exec. (We're not sure if he meant "twice" what customers are willing to pay, which would be $25,000; as written, the statement implies that consumers would pay about $34,000.)
Harley says its serious about reducing its carbon footprint, and having a polished, rideable bike to demonstrate intent gave the company a voice in talks with battery technology companies like Samsung and Johnson Controls. We don't know how far technology needs to advance for Harley to give the all-clear to the LiveWire, but in the meantime there are other electric options - though admittedly less attractive - like the Zero S or SR, both of which go twice as far as the LiveWire for one-third to one-fourth its current, hypothetical price.
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