Harley-Davidson, Ducati, and others explore the future of electric motorcycles

In the past, electric motorcycles were the projects of startups and niche brands. Now, as the giants of the motorcycle manufacturing world venture into production of their own electric bikes, one thing is clear: The future of riding is electric.

Read on to learn about the latest electric motorcycle updates from Harley-Davidson, Ducati, and more:

Harley-Davidson debuts 2020 LiveWire

Several years after announcing plans to produce an electric motorcycle, Harley-Davidson finally debuted its 2020 LiveWire at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January.

The high-performance motorcycle goes zero to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds with speeds reaching up to 110 mph. The LiveWire has an estimated range of 110 miles and can be charged at compatible public charging stations or with its onboard charger and a standard household outlet. At just under $30,000, it’s on the pricier side.

Counting down the days until you can finally get your hands on the LiveWire? Preorder yours online today. Deliveries are set to begin this fall.

Ducati CEO hints at plans for electric motorcycle production

According to Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer is “not far” from kicking off production of an electric motorcycle series. He hinted at the new project during podium celebrations of the Motostudent racing event at the Aragon racetrack in Spain.

Domenicali kept his comments vague, not revealing any key details about the timeline or potential features, but Ducati fans can now rest assured that an electric option is in their future.

Lightning Motorcycles announces all-new Strike

Lightning Motorcycles made a name for itself developing some of the most advanced and high-performance electric motorcycle tech in the world. Its LS-218 Superbike leads the pack of high-end electric superbikes, and now Lightning is looking to capture mainstream electric motorcycle riders with its all-new Strike.

At a starting price point under $13,000, the Strike is a much more attractive option for riders looking to switch to electric without breaking the bank than Harley-Davidson’s upcoming LiveWire. It boasts a range of 150 miles, max speed of 150 mph, and 35-minute DC charge.

The Strike will officially launch in March, and customers can reserve their standard or fully configured Carbon Edition online.

Will you consider switching to an electric motorcycle as more options come to market? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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