Audi and Smart Start on E-Bike Market
Two main Germany car companies have decided to strengthen their presence on the e-bike and e-mobility markets. Audi launched the Woerthersee e-bike; a high-end sports machine focused on….
INGOLSTADT, Germany – Two main Germany car companies have decided to strengthen their presence on the e-bike and e-mobility markets. Audi launched the Woerthersee e-bike; a high-end sports machine focused on peak performance.
“As a high-performance e-bike for sports and trick cycling, it features the Audi core competences of design, ultra, e-tron and connect”, said Head of Design Wolfgang Egger. The Audi e-bike Woerthersee puts in its first major appearance at this year’s Woerthersee Tour, the 31st meet for Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda fans.
“When developing the Audi e-bike Wörthersee we drew on motor racing design principles for inspiration,” explains Hendrik Schaefers, one of the designers at Concept Design Studio Munich. “The e-bike appears incredibly precise, highly emotional and strictly functional. Indeed, the design effort focused on its function as a sports machine. All design elements are thus firmly aligned to the technical features.”
The lithium-ion battery is incorporated into the frame and needs 2.5 hours to fully charge. The frame and the swinging arm that holds the back wheel are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). The same material is used for the 26” wheels, which feature an innovative “Audi ultra blade” design with broad flat spokes for an optimized transmission of pedal power.
Speeds of up to 80 km/h
Cycling modes and countless other functions can be set using the touchscreen on-bike computer. The cyclist’s smartphone hooks up by WLAN to the computer – when you start cycling, for example, the immobilizer is deactivated. The cyclist can choose between a total of five cycling modes – pure muscle power, the electric motor alone, or pedaling supported by the electric motor. I
n ‘Pedelec’ mode the cyclist is supported by the electric motor that then makes speeds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) possible and gives you a range of 50-70 kilometers. If you select ‘eGrip’, the Audi e-bike Woerthersee runs solely on the electric motor and can reach a top speed of 50 km/h.
Smart e-bike now available
Although not new, Smart recently announced that their e-bike is now available for pre-ordering exclusively through smart retailers. With the arrival of the Smart e-bike, the iconic Smart brand reinforces its position as the pioneers of electric mobility. Continuing the unmistakeable style of the brand, the high tech and environmentally friendly Smart e-bike is extremely efficient for use in towns and cities.
The smart e-bike is developed and built in conjunction with electric bike experts Grace. It features a 200 Watt BionX electric motor in the rear wheel hub that is switched on as soon as the rider selects one of four power levels of assistance and starts pedalling.
Progression for Smart
Gary Savage, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “Following the success of the Smart electric drive, the Smart e-bike is a natural progression for Smart and epitomises the values of the brand in providing fun, efficient and individual transport.”
“Its ease of use and versatility make the Smart e-bike suitable for all riders and with the demand for electric bikes ever increasing, the Smart e-bike means that smart continues its forward-thinking and unrivalled approach to urban mobility.”
Introduction of e-scooter
Together with the start of the production of the e-bike, Smart announced the introduction of a e-scooter by 2014. The Smart e-scooter was already on display at the Paris Car Show in 2010 as a part of Smart’s vision on urban mobility concepts.