GENEVA, Switzerland – While the international bicycle industry was gathering in Taiwan for the Taipei Cycle Show, automobile giant General Motors presented its vision on future mobility at the International Motor Show in Geneva: the Opel RADe e-bike.
According to Opel the RADe is the first e-bike concept to be designed around automotive manufacturing mass production methods. The RADe’s e-bike propulsion system is based on a 250 watt electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. At an average speed of 20 kilometers an hour and depending on the electric assist and terrain, the e-bike achieves an electrically supported range of between 60 and 145 kilometers.
‘Urban friendly design concept’
In a maximum time of two-and-a-half hours, the battery can be fully charged. The e-bike can also be transported on Opel’s own FlexFix bicycle carrier and be charged while driving.
The RADe is introduced as a ‘stylish and environmentally-friendly urban design concept’. It follows Opel’s design philosophy ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision’ and incorporates boomerang design cues that also appear in the award-winning Ampera and the RAK e experimental electric vehicle. The RADe name takes its inspiration from ‘Rad’- the German word for bicycle and wheel.
Instead of having its own display, the rider uses his Smartphone with both Android and iPhone to control the bike. The bike will come to the market in 2013.
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