This is interesting……why are car manufacturers like Audi, BMW, Ford, Smart, VW and others getting into the electric bike industry?
Maybe they see the increasing demand for versatile and sustainable forms of transportation.
Or maybe it is a marketing strategy to show that they are into green transportation.
In any case it is very encouraging to see these BIG companies getting into the lightweight electric mobility sector.
Below is a little info on each bike and links to detailed info on the bikes that these automobile companies are working on.
The Audi electric bike is fast, lightweight and most likely very expensive! Check out this link for more of the technical info.
Here is a sporty video of the Audi e-bike!
The BMW electric bike.
BMW has a folding electric bike that they are working on. Apparently 2 of these e-bikes can be folded and stored in the trunk of the BMW i3 Concept car. Not only that, but the idea is to have plugs in the trunk of the car so the bikes batteries can be charged; slick!
Smart Car (owned by Mercedes Benz) makes the Smart E-Bike and it is available in some European markets and should be available in the US sometime in 2015. This is a sleek looking e-bike that has been well thought out.
Here is more about the Smart electric bike and check out the video of the Smart e-bike below.
The VW electric bike.
VW has a folding electric bike that is designed to fit in the trunk of their car (can be charged in trunk) and used for the “last mile” of a persons commute. This allows the user to drive to a convenient place to park and bike the rest of the way to work or another destination.
The VW e-bike is more of an e-scooter because it does not have pedals, so the rider is just along for the ride. Here is more tech info. This video will give you a good idea of what it is like:
What do you think? Is it a good thing that these large automobile companies are getting into electric bikes? Would you be interested in buying one of these electric bikes?