New Ford Electric Bike Powered by Pedego

This is a press release from Pedego Electric Bikes.

In a move that is sure to surprise a lot of drivers, Ford Motor Company is about to transform two-wheeled travel. No, not motorcycles - bicycles. Actually, electric bicycles.

Such light electric vehicles have been around for a while, but now Ford Motor Company has partnered with California-based Pedego Electric Bikes to offer a product with revolutionary style, engineering and quality: The Ford Electric Bicycle.

This state-of-the-art bike made its debut at Interbike 2013, the nation’s largest bicycle retailer convention, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bike will then be available at Pedego dealerships across the United States and Canada starting January 1, 2014.

It shouldn’t really surprise anyone that Ford is a player in the e-bike game. Ford is continuing to go further by offering consumers a distinctive new choice that stands apart from the e-bike crowd.

This brand extension demonstrates Ford’s commitment to green technologies while reinforcing the company’s leadership in design. The new Ford e-bike carries on Henry Ford’s vision and commitment to “make great products that contribute to a better world.”

 

Pedego Electric bikes has a reputation for quality and stylish designs in an expanding line of e-bikes that includes Comfort Cruisers, Interceptors, Trail Trackers and City Commuters. This growth is a result of their core value, innovation, which makes Pedego a great match for Ford.

The result is an e-bike that could soon dominate bike paths across the map. Don DiCostanzo, co-founder and CEO of Pedego is excited that Ford approached Pedego to create a top-of-the-line electric bicycle. “We’re very pleased that Ford Motor Company pursued a partnership with our company, and we’re thrilled with the e-bike that came as a result.”

The Ford e-bike has already earned passionate praise from enthusiasts on the test tracks. Designed for Pedego by world-renowned bicycle architect Tony Ellsworth, the Ford e-bike provides a smooth, marshmallow ride whether you’re conquering hills or charging through headwinds.

This high-performance bike soars from zero to 20 mph effortlessly with a 48-volt battery and powerful 600-watt motor. And yet it’s a pleasant, relaxed cruise – truly easy riding. The bike’s crown fork with adjustable handlebars hold a 7-speed geared twist shifter on the left and a throttle on the right.

For extra comfort, the handlebars can adjust in and out as well as up and down. The rider enjoys all of these features while gliding on Schwalbe Fat Frank tires. Pedego’s creative team has built an e-bike that fits Ford’s required key design elements: sleek styling and a sporty feel that make riding fun, whether you’re seeking adventure or running errands around town.

 

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.

For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com/.

About Pedego® Electric Bikes
Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating chic e-bikes outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. Pedego’s commitment to innovation has led to worldwide acclaim for their leading-edge design.

Their many stylish e-bike models, such as the Pedego® City Commuter, offer a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun … without worrying about hills or headwinds! Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world.

For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

P.S. Don’t forget to join the Electric Bike Report community for updates from the electric bike world, plus ebike riding and maintenance tips!


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  1. Don DiCostanzo September 23, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Pete,
    Thanks for the posting. From all the feedback at INTERBIKE, it is sure to be a hit. We even had a Ford Dealer that was at INTERBIKE already place an order.

    Don

  2. Norm September 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Interesting styling, rather nice to my eyes.

    But the fenders are just ornaments on the Ford. The front fender is of no use in the rain. The back is a little better, but not enough to have a rooster tail of water come back at the rider, for those who do ride in the rain.

    Did I miss the price?

  3. jr September 24, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    Price??

  4. Don DiCostanzo September 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    The retail price will be approximately $3,500.

  5. Lynn Ellsworth September 25, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Style: wonderful
    600 Watt Motor: Wow, twice normal power.
    48 volt Battery: wonderful
    Shift and gears: obsolete
    For $3,500 we should expect 8 speed internal hub shifting and maybe quiet and clean belt drive.

  6. Mike P September 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    $3500 are you serious?? You can build an ebike with better specs for 1/3 the price!!

  7. Lynn Ellsworth September 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    I forgot to mention that bikes are moving towards bottom bracket drive motors. This leaves the wheels free, makes changing flats much easier, and puts the motor where it runs at a more comfortable speed.

    See the leader in this in the Bofeili brand bikes and the recent converts like the IZip E3 Peck, and the Haibike with Bosch motors. BaFun (8Fun) now makes a conversion motor kit for crank attachment and there is a new Canadian bike with a crank motor.

    I am glad Ford is having fun selling an electric bike and I like the looks of the model but their partner Pedego has falling behind.

  8. Don DiCostanzo October 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Lynn…Bottom bracket motors have pros and cons. Our experience with consumer feedback suggests something quite different. So far, we have not seen a bottom bracket motor that can utilize a throttle control. A deal killer for many, if not most, consumers here in the U.S.

    No doubt in a pedal assist regulated environment, a bottom bracket motor will get a significant share of the market. In the U.S, however, consumers have not demonstrated that they will purchase “pedelec” or pedal assist only models. As far as being easier to change flats, that is just plain nonsense since most electric bikes have a quick disconnect plug that take 2 seconds to disconnect.

    Internal hub shifting has advantages but cannot oo-exist (so far) in a rear hub motor so it was not an option for this model if a throttle and rear hub motor was desired.

    We have more pre-orders for the Ford Bike than any other model we have produced in a very short amount of time. in the end, the market will decide.

    To say Pedego is falling behind is the opposite of reality. Dealer applications are flooding along with countless delighted customer reviews.

    https://www.customerlobby.com/reviews/9941/pedego-electric-bikes/

    Pedego has been first with: Electric Cruisers, Electric Tandems, Electric Fat Tire models and licensing agreements with great brand names like Tommy Bahama and Ford.

    On a recent list of Top Ten Electric bikes, the Pedego City Commuter is ranked #1.

    Pedego strives to be the best electric bike company and is succeeding in establishing our brand on a worldwide basis.

  9. mal uk October 2, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Is this coming to the uk or europe? I agree the price is a little steep but similar to other high quality options on the market without the track record of ford for engineering and design. This one is a keeper and you have lifetime quality and a stylish bike what more can you want,sign me in so long as the price is not massively exaggerated for euro buyers.

  10. Michael K. October 5, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    I am glad a major car company is getting into the ebike business. This will help spread information about ebikes more to the general public and hopefully increase interest and sales of ebikes in general.
    The bike looks good, but I noticed the ground clearance for the pedals for the bike and they look rather low. I would be afraid to lean into a turn with the pedals only an inch or two above the ground like they are shown in the last photo and that is with the kick stand employed. The bike does look good and the rest of the specs are impressive. Like the fully adjustable handlebars. This will put ebikes up front in the news.

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