Harley-Davidson goes green with electric bike

June 25, 2014
In the past, the unmistakable, concrete rumbling roar from a massive V-twin engine has always been an easy way to know that a Harley-Davidson is nearby. But if the video above is anything to go by, the new Harley sound will be something a little more intergalactic. We wonder if the designers had just watched Tron:Legacy when they came up with it? Code-named Project LiveWire, Harley-Davidson recently released its first ever electric motorcycle to a select few loyal customers across America in the hope of gaining feedback before a possible general release. The good news for speed freaks is that the electric hog can go from 0-60mph in just four seconds. However, the bad news is that it has a rather modest 72 horsepower and a top speed of just 92mph. [gallery link="none" ids="4165,4163,4160"] There have already been some critics of the new eco-conscious bike, unsurprisingly in uproar at its lack of engine noise, but the brand's senior vice president Mark-Hand Richer has likened the sound to a "fighter jet on an aircraft carrier", and says it's "a distinct part of the thrill". We imagine the response of critics to be: "Yeah, a fighter jet with its engine turned off." With this motorcycle being such a departure from the historic marque's usual product, it's unlikely that we're going to see it go into full production any time soon. But once as big a name in the combustion engine business such as Harley-Davidson decides to look into electric motors, you can be sure that other brands will be sitting up and taking note. The future of motorcycles may well be more Tron than Easy Rider. Details: visit project.harley-davidson.com