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Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire teases electric motorcycle launch for next week

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LiveWire, the all-electric motorcycle brand that originated as a division of Harley-Davidson, is tease the launch of an all-new bike next week called the Del Mar. Electrek notes that it will be a mid-weight motorcycle, making it a more accessible alternative to last year’s LiveWire One. In addition to announcing the date, LiveWire also released a short teaser trailer, which appears to show the rear of the upcoming bike at the 0:06 mark.

The Del Mar is expected to be a more accessible motorcycle in the company’s lineup, priced below the $21,999 LiveWire One. Motorcycle.com reports that the Del Mar will be built around LiveWire’s Arrow platform, which includes a battery pack, electronics and motor, in a single unit that the company can then build several bikes around. The Del Mar is expected to use the S2 version of the platform, designed for medium duty motorcycles. However, Arrow is designed to be scalable and future versions are expected to include a lightweight S3 and a heavy S4 design.

A concept image of 2019 Harley-Davidson showing a possible future middleweight model.
Image: Harley-Davidson

The announcement comes as LiveWire is in the process of going public in a SPAC deal. Last December, Harley-Davidson announced that LiveWire would merge with special acquisition company (SPAC) AEA-Bridges Impact Corporation, as well as Taiwan-based scooter manufacturer Kymco. Since the end of last month Harley Davidson said: the merger was on track to be completed by mid-2022.

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