At the Frankfurt Motor Show (13 – 25 September 2011), Daimler will show a bicycle. A lot of manufacturers have shown two-wheeled design studies at shows. This one will go on sale. In Frankfurt, you will see a “near-series version of the smart ebike,” as Daimler’s press release says. The ebike will be launched in the first half of 2012 and will initially be marketed by dealers in Europe and North America.
“The smart ebike is a true smart – but on two wheels. It’s not just an extremely well designed bicycle that is sure to draw admiring glances in the city – it’s also really practical and child’s play to ride. Anyone can zip through town on it with or without exerting themselves – depending on their fitness level and as the mood takes them. And it’s even easier to find a parking space than with the smart fortwo.”
Strictly speaking, the bike is a hybrid vehicle – in a way: the electric motor switches on as soon as the rider provides muscle power and starts pedaling as with a normal bicycle. The rider decides how much power he wants to send from the 400 Wh the lithium-ion battery to the 250 watts electric motor. Like a good EV, the bike will re-gen brake energy.
Range? “Depending on the power level selected and the manner of cycling a battery charge can last for more than 100 kilometers” (62 miles) says the press release.
It even comes with built-in biker’s distraction! A USB interface is a standard feature. An iPhone app is in the works.
Price? Says Annette Winkler: “The smart ebike is a real high-tech product and its price of less than €2,900 in Germany will make it a very attractive option.” That’s $4,169.91 at the current rate.