Consumer Electronics Show (CES) hosted a display of thousands of products, many of which we covered. However, there was one thing everyone seemed to have overlooked but deserved to be mentioned. If you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m talking about, its Harley-Davidson’s electric scooter concept.
Harley-Davidson has been renowned for making one of the best motorbikes money can buy. Unlike traditional sportbikes, their designs are conventional which appeals to a lot of people. The most notable feature of a Harley-Davidson bike is the famous V-Twin engine with its low-pitched rumble that has become synonymous with the brand.
You get the picture. A famous international brand having classic, old-school bikes. The world was shocked when the company announced the production of an electric motorcycle called the LiveWire a year ago. Although people expected HD to be the last brand to make this shift, it was expected.
Recently, the whole automotive industry is moving towards more renewable sources of energy. Major brands are coming up with Hybrid and even All-Electric vehicles. An example being the BMW i8, a hybrid sports car by a manufacturer renowned for making exceptional gasoline-powered cars.
Same has been the case with this motorbike brand. Call it future-planning or whatever, I believe it is a smart move by Harley-Davidson. The company also feels the same way considering they just came out with the electric scooter concept. The design language is minimalistic yet it retains the classic Harley look.
The seat looks like it’s intended for one person only though you may be able to squeeze in a friend if need be. The rear wheel is belt driven by the electric motor, which sits along with the battery in a covered compartment down low. This would probably lead to a lower center of mass and subsequently, better stability.
Herley-Davidson brought some of the working prototypes to Aspen, Colorado during the Winter X Games. Some people tried them out including the host, Jack Mitrani, as you can see in the video below.
The scooter does seem fun and I bet a lot of you would want to buy this. However, knowing how Harley prices its products, I’m guessing this won’t come cheap. Currently, there no knowledge about the price and the company hasn’t dropped a hint either. Although, there’s little chance of this happening, but if it’s priced close to or below $10,000, it might just work. At least I know I’d buy one!