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Harley Davidson's electric bicycles were officially unveiled earlier this year. While the models are still prototypes, Harley-Davidson intends to bring the bikes to market

Harley-Davidson offers first look at its prototype of a battery-powered electric BICYCLE with pedal assist

  • Harley Davidson offered a glimpse of its e-bike prototypes
  • The bikes will be 'light, fast, and easy for anyone to ride' says the company
  • They will also feature pedal assist to help increase endurance
  • It's unclear when they will be released or how much they cost
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Harley-Davidson has unveiled the first prototype or its anticipated line or e-bikes.

According to the transit blog, Electrek, the motorcycle maker showcased the bikes as part of an exhibit at the 2019 Milan Motorcycle Show in Italy.

While the bikes were kept behind a glass barrier to avoid revealing too much, Electrek manged to confirm several key features.

Among the specs are automatic mid-drive motors, removable batteries, and hydraulic brakes. The bikes may also contain a LED headlight and brake light.

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While Harley has not yet confirmed the price of the bikes, The Verge and Electrek note that many of its features are found in the pricier end of the e-bike spectrum where a single unit costs around $ 1,000.

At an annual dealer's meeting earlier this year, Electrek reported the first-ever renderings of the yet-to-be-released bikes.

The company will reportly sell three different models, 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 electric bicycles were officially unveiled earlier this year. While the models are still prototypes, Harley-Davidson intends to bring the bikes to market

Harley Davidson's electric bicycles were officially unveiled earlier this year. While the models are still prototypes, Harley-Davidson intends to bring the bikes to market

"Harley-Davidson's first electric pedal assist bicycles are light, fast, and easy for anyone to ride," the company said 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 or two-wheeled riders around the world."

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'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.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT HARLEY-DAVIDSON'S ELECTRIC BIKE?

Harley-Davidson confirmed three prototypes of an electric bicycle that will be its first-ever such vehicle.

The bikes will reportedly feature pedal-assist be "light, fast, and easy for anyone to ride."

It's unclear when they will be released or how much they will cost.

The bicycles will complement a full-fledged electric motorcycle set released by the company called LiveWire.

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While the bicycles are still very much in the pipeline, they mirror a competitor 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 calls the company LiveWire.

The bike was slated for release this fall but delayed in October.

In an email sent to dealers, the company announced it had found a "non-standard condition" in its final quality checks but did not elaborate further.

The LiveWire was officially announced for commercial release last fall with a planned price of $ 29,799.

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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 traveling to a dock.

Coincidentally, or perhaps pointedly, where Uber is beginning to roll out its subscription service in San Francisco to begin with.

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