Today, one of our favorite electric cars, the Tesla Model 3 will run against an electric bike, the Harley-Davidson Livewire. In this battle of electric car Vs electric bike, let’s see who’s the winner?
Before we begin with the race, here’s an introduction to the competitors.
Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle Livewire is a rear-wheel drive with a single-speed belt-drive power train. The electric bike has one motor that creates a whopping 105 HP. The motorbike weighs around 549 pounds without the rider.
With a price tag of around $29,799, I think it’s a bit expensive for a bike.
On the other side of the track, we have the Tesla Model 3 performance. The electric car has two motors on both the axles, making it all-wheel drive. The dual motors combined produce 473 HP.
Also, the electric car was charged up to 89% before the race. In the US, the Model 3 Performance has a cost of near about $53,000.
YouTube Channel DragTimes reported the drag race.
Tesla Model 3 Vs. Harley-Davidson Livewire
A total of two times, the electric vehicles went against each other. Additionally, the Harley-Davidson Livewire took a test pass in which it completed the quarter-mile in 11.69 seconds with a top speed of 111 mph (178 kmph).
In the first race, Harley Davidson Livewire quickly received a great head start. The bike was ahead of the Model 3 till the finish line. The electric motorcycle Livewire touched the finish line in 11.670 seconds with a top speed of 109.87 mph, whereas the Tesla Model 3 took 11.718 seconds to finish the race at a high speed of 113.19 mph.
In the second attempt, the results were pretty much the same, with only a slight difference in numbers. Here, Harley’s electric bike ruled the quarter-mile track. However, it was clear that in the long run, the Model 3 will eventually leave the electric bike behind.
Livewire completed the quarter-mile in 11.648 seconds with a top speed of 110.53 mph. The Tesla Model 3 completed it in 11.708 seconds with a higher top speed of 114.11 mph.
Tesla Model 3 Vs Harley: Conclusion
Usually, motorcycles are faster than cars in drag races because they have a higher power to weight ratio. A 200 HP Ninja ZX-16R is more powerful than a million-dollar Bugatti Chiron.
Several 600cc superbikes can accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds. The 2003 Yamaha R6, for example, has a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 2.8 seconds, which is comparable to the Tesla Model S Performance version.
The Harley-Davidson, I’d argue, is one of the less-powerful electric bikes and a sports bike in general. It is a cruiser bike, like most Harleys instead of the supersport rockets like the Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki produce.
However, it’d be interesting to see how these bikes fare against the Tesla Roadster, which has a 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of just 1.9 seconds.