Now on sale in the UK for the first time, the Mercedez Benz-owned brand is retailing its 'Smart e-bike' at £2,495 including VAT.
There are some interesting events going on around the tech world -- Many major car manufacturers are aiming for the e-bike production at a high scale. It might seem that there is a way long journey ahead, but the thing is that we already have so many concepts and developed technologies which have brought us some high-tech bikes.
Car manufacturers like Audi, BMW, Ford, Smart, VW and others are getting into the electric bike industry. Maybe it's just a marketing strategy to show that they are into the green transportation to get more interactive buzz for them.
Whatever is the reason, we have some awesome bikes which can initiate your unstoppable desire for a ride.
Let's have a look (click on the images to enlarge):
The Audi e-bike Wörthersee concept debuted on May 11 in Germany. The concept blurs the line between a "pedelec" - a bike that supplements the rider's own pedal power with an electrically-assisted "tail wind" - and a true e-bike, where the bike supplies all the power via an integrated electric motor.
In the case of the Wörthersee, the bike allows the rider to select whatever mode he or she would prefer, with up to five programs to choose from. Riders can also select the "Pure" mode and pedal normally. [Via Pcmag]
BMW portrays the bicycle as a complement to the BMW i3 Concept automobile. The BMW i Pedelec Concept can be folded up almost in the blink of an eye and, handily, there is room for two of them in the boot of the BMW i3 Concept. Plus, their batteries can be recharged while they're in there as the i3 Concept has been designed with the requisite plugs in the trunk.
Because the electric hub motor only assists the rider's pedaling up to 25 kph (16 mph), the BMW i Pedelec Concept does not need to be insured or registered, no license is required to use it, and the rider does not have to wear a helmet. [via hybridcars]
Designed to show how the company's design language can translate to a bicycle, the Ford E-Bike Concept also demonstrates the spectrum of Ford's electric mobility competence. Ford has no plans to produce the E-Bike but will continue studying the concept along with other future mobility solutions.
In the Ford E-Bike, the first application of this technology in the bicycle industry, the sensors read the revolutions in the inner bearing and relay this information to the control unit within a hundredth of a second. The control unit then instantly activates or deactivates the electric motor, providing a seamless integration of the power of the legs with the power of the motor. [via Ford]
4. Smart by Mercedez
Now on sale in the UK for the first time, the Mercedez Benz-owned brand is retailing its 'Smart ebike' at £2,495 including VAT. The bike comes with a two-year warranty.
Smart is not the first car firm to produce an e-bike, but earlier efforts – such as Vauxhall's concept e-bike RADe – have not so commonly been put into production and gone onto the market.
Using BionX technology, the bike was designed with German manufacturer Grace and features a ‘maintenance-free’ carbon belt drive. A 200 watt BionX electric motor in the rear wheel hub with four power levels of assistance. [via Bikebiz]
5. Volks Wagen
The concept of "last few mile mobility" is one which we'll all grow accustomed to over the next decade as the world's cities become more congested and non-polluting micro mobility concepts begin to supplement other forms of transport. In the last year alone we've seen Toyota's Winglet, Honda's U3-X, Nissan's electric skis, and now Volkswagen has shown a micro mobility concept which it has dubbed the "Bik.e" – a folding electric bike with one of the most ingenious folding mechanisms we've seen. With a range of 20 kilometres (12.5 miles), the Bik.e has 20 inch wheels and folds to a footprint identical to that of a car spare tyre, enabling it to be stowed away easily. [via Gizmag]