AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – Dutch urban bicycle pioneer Vanmoof has announced the launch of its first electric bike. This ‘intelligent’ commuter bike, the Vanmoof 10 Electrified, includes technologies from the car industry and combines GPS tracking, smart power control and a lightweight, integrated battery.
Currently Vanmoof is recruiting a core group of urban pioneers to provide their feedback and commuter insights. First-run editions of the bike, scheduled for November 2013, will be offered to an international team of individuals willing to engage with Vanmoof’s product development team.
Smart Power Assistance
The Vanmoof 10 Electrified is one of the first urban commuter bicycle to feature intelligent Smart Power Assistance technology. Specifically developed to address the demands of urban commuting, the bike’s onboard computer monitors the cycling behavior via a sensor, adjusting the bike’s electric power, which is supplied via the small, lightweight motor in the bike’s front wheel accordingly.
The bike has a 250 Watt Excimer hub motor in the front wheel. The battery is a Panasonic 209 Wh battery, with provides a range of 30 to 60 km and can be charged in just three hours. The gear system is SRAM.
Integrated into the anodized aluminium frame of the Vanmoof 10 Electrified is a discreet dashboard that offers complete control of all of the bike’s key functions. An intelligent interface between cyclist and machine, its display features both a battery indicator and a motor power indicator, allowing the rider to keep track of his progress at a glance. The corresponding remote control allows to turn the assistance power on and off as required.
The Vanmoof 10 Electrified comes with an ingenious system to help the owner to retrieve his bicycle in the event of loss or theft. GPS tracking systems are already widely used in the car industry; and now available for urban biking. It allows the owner to trace the location of his bicycle in an easy way.