UPDATE: Harley helps put electric motorcycles in spotlight

UPDATED Sunday, June 29, 2014 --- 4:07 p.m.

PRINCETOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Harley-Davidson's unveiling of its prototype electric motorcycle LiveWire is likely to give a boost to smaller companies already producing plug-in bikes.

Startups like Zero, Brammo and Mission are making state-of-the-art electric motorcycles on the West Coast.

A recent study by Navigant Research anticipates sales of electric motorcycles worldwide will grow to 1.2 million this year.

Electric motorcycles are well-balanced and easy to ride because most have direct drive, with gears and clutches optional.

There are no tailpipe emissions, no clunking pistons, no crankshaft, no oil leaks, no vibration and virtually no maintenance save new tires and brakes. The average range is well over 100 miles in city driving. And they plug into regular household outlets for charging that costs under $2.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, June 19, 2014 --- 9:55 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week -- a sleek, futuristic bike that hums like a jet airplane taking off.

Harley plans to show handmade demonstration models Monday at an invitation-only event in New York. The company will then take several dozen riders on a 30-city tour to test drive the bikes and provide feedback.

Harley will use the information it gathers to refine the bike, which might not hit the market for several more years.

The market for full-size electric bikes is small now, but Harley President Matt Levatich says no one knows what the potential will be down the road.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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