LONDON, UK – BMW is about the last in the line of car makers presenting an electric bike. The reason why it took the Bavarian car maker so long could be in the fact that, contrary to others, BMW is integrating its folding e-bike concept neatly in its e-car concept.
BMW’s e-bike acts as the complement to the BMW i3 Concept for electric cars. It is called BMW i Pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) Concept and is a compact folding bicycle fitted with an electric motor. It can be folded up almost in the blink of an eye and, handily, there is room for two of them in the boot of the BMW i3 Concept. Plus, their batteries can be recharged while they’re in there.
Practical transportation solution
The BMW i Pedelec Concept has disc brakes at the front and rear, a three-speed gear hub integrated into the (42 V/ 250 W / 20 Nm) motor, a lightweight frame made (like the BMW i3 Concept) from aluminium and carbon fibre, a torquey electric motor complete with electronic management system and high-performance battery, and a clever folding mechanism.
It can also be converted in a matter of seconds to offer a handy pushing mode, which allows it to be rolled and steered and therefore taken on public transport at no extra cost, saving the rider the effort of having to carry it around. All this: “Make this motor-assisted bicycle an extremely practical transportation solution,” says BMW.
Recharged inside the boot of the BMW i3 Concept
Depending on the nature of the route, rider’s weight and degree of motor assistance utilized, a full battery charge will give a range of 25 – 40 kilometers (16 – 25 miles). Under braking and when riding downhill, the hub motor acts as generator and supplies the battery with energy. It takes just four hours – or 1.5 hours on a quick charge – for the empty battery to be fully recharged, either from a domestic plug socket or inside the boot of the BMW i3 Concept.
BMW showed its i Pedelec Concept as well as the i3 Concept e-car at the opening of the world’s first BMW i Store on London’s Park Lane. Here the BMW Group also unveiled its comprehensive 360° ELECTRIC package. This is an extensive range of products and services aiming: “To provide a comfortable and flexible way of experiencing the benefits of electromobility on a day-to-day basis. New BMW i sales channels are designed to give customers a user-friendly and customer-orientated access point to its range of products and services.”