The A2B electric bikes are back with speeds of up to 28 mph and stated ranges of up to 40 miles!
HERO Eco Group recently acquired the A2B bike line and they are in the process of relaunching the updated A2B bikes around the world.
A2B has been busy with recent launch events in Germany, the UK, New York City, and a launch scheduled for the LA area.
The following is some info from a press release about the new A2B electric bikes.
“e-Bikes are replacing traditional bikes and motorcycles at a rapid pace and in some countries, they are even replacing cars,” said Naveen Munjal, HERO Eco Group Managing Director. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the e-Bike market world wide. Though the U.S. is a virtually untapped market, we are already seeing a growing appetite for high quality and good performance e-Bikes.”
Evidence shows steady growth in the electric bike market, and rising popularity with consumers in markets around the world.
Since 2009, sales of electric bikes in Europe have more than doubled, and the industry is beginning to see the same trend in the US and other markets. From essentially nothing a decade ago, the e-Bike market has evolved into an $11 billion global industry.
“We’ve created our most innovative models to date, based on ground breaking design, top quality manufacturing and the finest of performance, and as soon as you try one, or test drive one as we like to say, you’ll know exactly what we mean,” said Fernando Kuefer, HERO Eco Ltd. General Manager, leader of the global A2B business. “In addition, our 2013 models are designed to have a positive impact on the environment while also providing commuters with the very best in state-of-the-art technology.”
Here are the models that will be available in the US:
Designed for speed and fitted with superior components, the Shima offers all the benefits of the hybrid’s pedal-assist with a faster top speed of 28mph. The model’s 500W propulsion system delivers a range of up to 31 miles. MSRP $3,399. Launching May 2013.
Speed: Maximum speed 28mph
Range: Up to 37.5 miles
Battery: Lithium-Ion, 36v 13.2ah
Motor: 500w brushless DC hub motor
An evolution of our ever-popular Alva, the Alva+ features both pedal-assist and throttle power on demand. This exciting new E-bike features an electronic key fob, a removable magnetic plug 13.2 AH lithium Ion battery and hydraulic brakes. The model offers ease and style with an increased maximum speed of 24mph and an extended range of up to 37 miles. MSRP $3,399 Launching May 2013
Speed: Maximum Speed 24mph
Range: Up to 40 miles
Battery: Lithium-Ion 36v, 13.2ah and 17.5ah (magnetic plug)
Motor: 500W brushless DC hub motor
The Octave’s smooth, clean lines ensure its frame turns heads, while the model’s revolutionary performance continues to impress. By offering the option of a second, integrated battery, the Octave’s range has been extended to a possible 40 miles, with a maximum speed of 20 mph. MSRP $3,299 Launching May 2013
Speed: Maximum speed 20 mph
Range: Up to 20 miles standard, 40 miles with second battery*
Battery: Lithium-Ion, 36v 12ah
Motor: 500w brushless DC hub motor
Designed to be highly portable, the Kuo conveniently folds down and comes with an optional bag for easy carrying or storage. With a maximum speed of 15.5 mph and a range of up to 25 miles, the model increases both your journey options and enjoyment. MSRP $1,399. Launching May 2013
Speed: Maximum speed 15.5 mph
Range: Up to 25 miles
Battery: Lithium-Ion, 24v 9ah
Motor: 250w brushless DC hub motor
The Alva’s larger tires offer increased comfort, while the larger, box-style battery meets the need for more power on demand. The model allows you to enjoy your journey with ease and style, offering a maximum power assistance speed of 20mph and a range of 20 miles. MSRP $2,599. Launching May 2013
Speed: Maximum Speed 20 mph
Range: Up to 30 miles
Battery: Lithium-Ion 36v, 13.2ah
Motor: 450W brushless DC hub motor
* Dependant on power setting, rider and riding conditions
All models are sold under a ‘back to base’ system which ensures that, if dealers and distributors are unable to fix one of the e-bikes in the range, A2B will transport it to their nearest warehouse for repair.
Available beginning late May in the US, A2B’s sister brand called F4W is launching 2 new products, the F4W Peak and F4W Ride 350W. These are two less expensive models starting out at $1,799 and are aimed at consumers that value the concept of an e-bike and appreciate good quality but are not willing and/or able to pay for a premium product at this time.
The HERO Eco Group, headquartered in India, acquired Ultra Motor’s electric two-wheeler division back in 2011 and the global operations, including the sales activities in the USA, United Kingdom as well as Germany, and have since then been operated by HERO Eco Ltd beginning in January of 2012. The HERO Eco Group has global business interests in electric vehicles, bicycles, healthcare & rehabilitation products, real estate and fitness & sports equipment.
HERO Eco with lineage to the Hero Group based in New Delhi, India, which, since its establishment in 1958, has grown to become one of the largest two-wheeler companies in the world with annual revenues over $5 billion. The HERO Eco business division focuses primarily on environmentally friendly products and the group’s international trading business. Some of the companies under the HERO Eco umbrella include HERO Electric (electric vehicles for the Indian market), Winn Bikes (bicycles), HERO Exports (automotive components and bicycle exports), and Mediva (medical mobility equipment). HERO Eco products are currently sold in over 80 countries globally.
HERO Electric began developing electric vehicles over ten years ago, which resulted in the first electric scooter products launched in the Indian market in 2007. Since then the company has sold over 100,000 vehicles in India through its network of 250 HERO Electric dealers.
A2B is the premium range of e-bikes from Hero Eco. A2B have been researching and designing e-bikes since 2003. In 2008, A2B revolutionized the electric bike market with the launch of the world’s first true e-bike – a premium electric bike called the Metro that was designed specifically for power and not simply a normal bicycle with a battery added. In 2011, HERO Eco, part of the respected HERO ECO GROUP, bought the A2B brand from Ultra Motor. With decades of experience in the two-wheeler industry, HERO Eco has the knowledge and experience to help A2B grow its design and engineering brilliance into a reliable, global e-bike brand. A2B has subsidiaries in the UK, USA and Germany and is present in more than 30 countries through its network of distributors in Europe, Asia, America and Africa. A2B has been present in the USA since 2009.