Wow! This is a cool looking ebike! This is an electric bike from Smart (the same company that makes the tiny Smart car). It is very futuristic in looks as well as how it functions.
I am excited about this new development from an automobile company because it is adding a new perspective on ebikes from people outside of the bicycle industry. I think that ebikes are a great form of transportation for all types of people; from everyday cyclists to people who haven’t ridden a bike in years. Having input from the car industry is good because they have been designing vehicles for all types of people for many years and they can contribute their knowledge to help create better electric bikes. (Admittedly they did have help from Grace, a bicycle company :))
Here are some quick specs:
- There are 4 different pedal assist levels that provide these kinds of range: 30 km, 50 km, 70 km, 90 km. (18.5 mi, 31 mi, 43.5 mi, 56 mi)
- The electric assist speed tops out at 25 km/h (15.5 mph) which is the max allowed per European Union regulations. You can pedal to higher speeds but you won’t get any extra assist.
- 36v 9.6 ah lithium ion battery housed near the cranks. Can be fully charged in 2-3 hours
- Has regenerative braking. The battery is recharged when braking.
- Hydraulic disc brakes.
- Belt drive system instead of a typical bike chain. No oily chain!
- It weighs 22 kg (49 lbs). Pretty light for an ebike.
- The gear ratio automatically adjusts.
- Integrated front and rear lights
- Smartphone application integration: Speedometer, navagation system, a GPS tacking function that shows where the bike is parked, and when removed the bike is locked from being ridden. The smartphone is charged from the bike battery pack.
So far no word on price or when it will be available, but I will let you know as soon as I find out.
If you want all the info you can checkout Daimler’s site (the parent company of Smart) for more.
Here is a techno video of the design and construction of the Smart Ebike. It is cool to see the many different angles of this unique electric bike.
What do you think? Do you like this design? Would you be interested in having an ebike like this? Please leave your comments below.
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