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Harley Davidson has taken the wraps off its all new project. Named the Livewire, the new project represents Harley’s entrance into the world of electric bikes.
While many purists may consider this approach a blasphemy for the company’s heritage, many others look at it like a welcomed step forward in terms off efficiency and innovation.

The company says that its all new electric motorcycle will be available for test to select customers across the US. The US tour will cover 30 dealerships and it will be followed by Canada and Europe.

Harley added that at the moment, the new model is still in the project faze and won’t go into production, as its only purpose is to test the reaction of Harley’s customers across the world and to experiment with the new technology.

Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company declared “America at its best has always been about reinvention. And, like America, Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, customer-led moment in our history.”

Levatich added: “This builds on many recent reinvention successes for Harley-Davidson. In just the last few years, we’ve broadened our reach to serve an increasingly diverse society, as well as reinvented our approach to product development and manufacturing. This has resulted in cutting-edge products like the recently launched Project Rushmore touring bikes, Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 models and this reveal of Project LiveWire.”

You can learn more about the project by visiting the dedicated site released by the company - projectlivewire.com .

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Every car enthusiast heard about the super fast Lightning GT which is one of the fastest electric cars from the streets, but not many know that the same company is also interested in building electric motorcycles.

Back in 2011, Lightning Motorcycle’s prototype has managed to hit an impressive maximum speed of 218 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. To celebrate this achieving, the company decided to name its new electric bike the LS-218.

The model that waits to be revealed, is an evolved, road legal version of the company’s motorcycle that won the AMA and FIM races. Fitted with a comprehensive list of state of the art technologies such as the company’s Ultra High Power Density Drive system and powered by a liquid-cooled electric motor, the Lightning LS-218 rewards you with a maximum output of 200 horsepower and 168 lb-ft (228 Nm) of torque which should make it the fastest electric bike in its class.

The motor is propelled by a modern battery pack which delivers a riding range of up to 160 km at highway speeds. Like it was expected, the batteries can be fully charged at public charging station in less than 30 minutes, but they can be also connected to any standard house socket.

The new electric bike is already available for preorders and will make its public appearance at the Quail Motorsport Gathering in Carmel on 17 May. The base price starts at $38.888.

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Yamaha’s new electric bikes – the PES1 and PED1 - that were presented a while ago have managed to attract a lot of attention in a good way. After the company showcased its new creations everybody wondered what will be the next move and if Yamaha will truly enter in the race of electric bikes.

Luckily, we didn’t had to wait too long for the company’s official response, as now we gladly announce you that the Japanese manufacturer has decided to launch its two electric bikes in production and the first models will be ready to meet their fresh owners by 2016.

The PES1 is destined for the road and the PED1 has the pedigree of a true off roader. Both models have been showcase at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and represent a very bold step forward in an uncharted territory for Yamaha.

Both bikes are built on the same platform and are equipped with brushless DC engines powered by a pack of lithium-ion batteries.

Stay tuned for more details.

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BRD is a new motorcycle company that currently builds only electric models. Its current lineup of models includes the Redshift model which is available in three versions namely the MX, SM, and PD.

The Redshift SM is a tough city motorcycle that promises to help you deal effortless with the daily traffic. Given the fact that it features a dirt-bike DNA, the Redshift SM is also pretty tough and reliable.

Its electric motor is powered by a 5.2 kWH battery and delivers a maximum power of 40 hp. This power is more than enough to propel you to a maximum speed of 85 mph. It is worth mentioning that the batteries can keep the bike running up to 50 miles.

You also get a pair of 17 inch wheels which are combined with front and rear fully adjustable suspensions.

Hit the jump for more information on the BRD Redshift SM.

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BRD Motorcycles is a relatively new company that was born in 2007 thanks to the efforts made by Derek Dorresteyn and Jeff Sand, who dreamed of building a new electric motorcycle that could be easier to ride and stronger than a regular gas bike.

The first motorcycle designed by BRD is named the RedShift and is available in three versions namely the MX, SM and PD.

The new Redshift MX was especially designed for the MX2/Lites class racing and is propelled by a 40 hp electric motor powered by a 5.2 kWh battery. The motorcycle has an estimated riding range of up to two hours and delivers a maximum speed of 80 mph.

As far as wheels are concerned, the BRD MX rides on 21" front ant 19 inch rear spoked rims wrapped in grippy off-road tires.

Hit the jump for more information on the new BRD MX.

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This fancy looking three wheeler is in fact a pretty interesting vehicle. Due to its configuration, it can be compared to a Segway trike, because it comes with standing stance. Its technological architecture consists of dual rear-wheel hub motors and an electronic differential which helps you move with agility even in the tightest spots. Moreover, you also get a reverse gear which further enhances the maneuverability.

The electric motors are powered by a set of 1.0 KWh Lithium (Interchangeable) batteries which offer a riding range of 24 miles (per battery) and can be fully charged in 3-4 hours. Like you’ve probably expected the Vectrix ES-3 is far from being a speed demon and its motors can send you to a modest maximum speed of only 25mph (40 km/h).

The stopping power is assured by front and rear hydraulic disc brakes.

Hit the jump for more information on the Vectrix ES-3.

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In the latest years the electric motorcycles have started to be more advanced than ever and even if their overall performances can’t equal those of the conventional motorcycles, they still have a few aces hidden in their sleeves. And exactly because of these special features we continue to like them despite their limitations.

Kuberg is one of the main electric motorcycle manufacturers and its lineup includes only compact models. Their Trex is an adult sized electric trial motorcycle that has all it needs to help you deal great even with the most difficult situations.

The bike is built around a Brushless DC motor that delivers a maximum power of 7 kW and a peak torque of 20 Nm available at zero rpms (a feature that can be found only at electric motorcyles). Start the motor and it will be able to propel you to a maximum speed of 55 kmph. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the unit comes with four different power maps including ECO, TREK, WET TRIAL and DRY TRIAL modes.

The riding range is rated to up to three hours.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kuberg Trex.

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Designed for beginner riders from 5 to 12 years old, the Kuberg Cross is a compact electric bike that has a lot to offer.

The motorcycle weighs only 32 kg, but thanks to its tough construction it can carry a maximum weight of up to 220 lbs.

The advantage offered by the Kuberg Cross over any other conventional motorcycle is its instant torque available from the moment you start the motor. Talking about the motor, the 2014 Kuberg Cross is propelled by a 750W, 36V electric unit which delivers a maximum speed of up to 17 mph.

The engine is linked to a set of 12Ah SLA batteries that can be fully charged in six hours using standard 110V or 220V sockets. According to Kuber,g the energy stored in the batteries will keep the bike rolling for up to two hours.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Kuberg Cross.

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If your kid is eager to learn the secrets of dirt bikes and you are looking for a compact electric motorcycle that has all-terrain abilities, then the Kuberg Start might be exactly what you need.

This small motorcycle was designed with versatility in mind and is also fairly easy to maneuver thanks to its compact dimensions, flawless steering and the ergonomic riding position. You also get a low seat height rated at just 16” and a very light weight – only 45 lbs.

The 2014 Kuberg Start is propelled by a 500W electric motor which is powered by a set of 9Ah 2x12 V, SLA batteries. The batteries can be fully charged in six hours from both 110V and 220V standard sockets. As far as performances are concerned, the motor cranks out enough power to propel the motorcycle to a maximum speed of 15 mph.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Kuberg Start.

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The new Energica Ego will be available for orders in 2015, but the company has released a preproduction model which is pretty close to the final version.

The new sports motorcycle represents a step into the future of electric two wheelers and is packed with a comprehensive list of modern technologies.

On paper, the Energica Ego’s specs look pretty cool. At its heart lies a permanent magnet ac (pmac), oil cooled motor that cranks out 100 kW available from 4900 rpm to 10500 rpm and 195 Nm of electric torque available at its peak from 0 to 4700 rpm. The engine can propel you to a top speed of 240 kmph and is powered by a set of 11.7 kWh batteries which offer a range of 150 km at a constant speed of 80 km/h or 50 km at maximum speeds.

For the moment, we don’t have the exact price of the motorcycle, but we can expect it to be somewhere around the $23,000 mark, which is a pretty decent number.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2015 Energica Ego.


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