If you needed more proof that electric bicycles are a real trend, legacy motorcycle purveyor, Harley Davidson, has come to seal the deal.
At an annual dealer’s meeting, alternative transit blog, Electrek, reports that Harley Davidson has unveiled its electric bicycles more than a year after first teasing them.
The company will sell three different models according to Electrek, including two that require riders to step over a center piece and one with a dropped middle piece that is easier to mount.
Harley-Davidson’s first electric pedal-assist bicycles are light, fast, and easy for anyone to ride’ said the company in a statement.
‘Designed to shine in urban environments, this all-new line of eBicycles is just one more example of how Harley-Davidson’s More Roads initiative is actively working to inspire a new generation of two-wheeled riders around the world.’
While the models are still prototypes, Harley-Davidson apparently intends to bring the bikes to market as reported by Electrek.
At exactly what price tag, however, is unclear.
Prototype model shown. Production model features will vary. Not yet available for sale. All future models shown may not be available in all markets,’ reads a disclaimer sent out with an image of the bikes.
While the bicycles are still very much in the pipeline, they mirror a concurrent effort by the company to make a name into more eco-friendly modes of transit.
One of Harley-Davidson’s most recent offerings is an electric motorcycle that the company calls LiveWire, which is set to hit the market soon.
The bike is decidedly unlike any other motorcycle from the company, offering different ride modes, a connected app to monitor the vehicle’s battery, and a digital display that shows speed and more.
Harley-Davidson’s foray into the world of electric bikes come as a time with ample competition from the likes of companies that include ride-sharing giants like Uber and Lyft.
Lyft recently unveiled its line of dockless e-bikes in San Francisco that have features like ‘pedal-assist’ to help riders climb hills and allow them to park the cycles without travelling to a dock.
Coincidentally, or perhaps pointedly, where Uber is beginning to roll out its subscription service in San Francisco to begin with.