VIN Filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of USA has revealed that Harley’s new electric motorcycle under the LiveWire brand will be called LiveWire One. It is likely to be revealed on July 8, 2021.
It was a few months ago that ‘LiveWire‘ was turned into a standalone electric vehicle sub-brand of Harley-Davidson. Now, VIN filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have revealed that the next electric motorcycle from Harley-Davidson will be called LiveWire One. It is likely to be revealed on July 8, 2021. The documents also reveal that the LiveWire One will have a power output which is equivalent of 101 bhp. The LiveWire One will have an internal code name, which is ‘XB’ while the model code will be LW1. Another fascinating fact is that the first ever Harley-Davidson motorcycle was called the Model One. So, the reference to ‘One’ could be a throwback to Harley’s century old legacy.
While Harley-Davidson did not update the LiveWire for 2021 in USA, it did so for the model sold in Australia and the power output dropped from 103.5 bhp to 101 bhp, which is similar to the data found in the NHTSA VIN filings. So, in all probability, we will see a slightly updated/restyled version of the original LiveWire electric motorcycle, which was launched in 2019. The documents also reveal that the new Livewire One will be considered a 2021 model, despite being introduced in the middle of 2021.
The original LiveWire gets Harley-Davidson’s full-electric Revelation powertrain which used to put out 103.5 bhp of power and 116 Nm of instant torque. The LiveWire had claimed acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph in just 3 seconds and roll-on acceleration from 100 kmph to 129 kmph in 1.9 seconds. The LiveWire is loaded with electronics, which includes cornering ABS, cornering enhanced traction control, rear wheel lift mitigation, as well as a drag-torque slip control system which manages rear wheel slip and prevents rear-wheel lock due to the regenerative braking.
A 4.3-inch full-colour TFT touchscreen panel offers the rider controls to seven riding modes, including four pre-programmed modes – Road, Rain, Sport and Range. Additionally, there are three more fully customisable modes, where the power (maximum rate of acceleration), regeneration (braking effect when off-throttle), throttle response and traction control settings can be fully customised.
While we would love to see the new LiveWire One being launched in India, Harley is likely to consider the same next year.