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ARIV E-Bikes from General Motors Arriving in Europe

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DOETINCHEM, the Netherlands – One of the world’s biggest car maker plunges into the electric bicycle market. At the beginning of this year, General Motors (GM) announced the launch of its first electric bicycles: the ARĪV Meld and the ARĪV Merge. These next generation urban e-bikes will arrive in the Netherlands on 21 June.

ARIV E-Bikes from General Motors Arriving in Europe
ARĪV e-bikes come with patented GM motors. – Photo GM

The huge popularity of e-bikes in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands is reason for General Motors to introduce its new ARĪV branded e-bikes on these markets. The name ARĪV was selected as part of a global crowdsourcing campaign announced in November 2018.

GM’s Urban Mobility Solutions’ division

The e-bikes are designed by GM’s Urban Mobility Solutions’ division. According to GM the result is “A fresh and aesthetic design, combined with a lightweight design that is ideal for city and commuter traffic. Compact, fast, agile and comfortable. Nice detail is that GM’s earliest car brands started at the end of the 19th century as bicycle manufacturers.”

ARIV concept

The ARĪV range includes two integrated and connected e-bikes; the compact Meld and the folder Merge. The concept of the ARĪV launched e-bikes was revealed last autumn. Like other big automotive brands, also GM targets the urbanization trend which is expected to cause more mobility problems in cities with people changing to two-wheeled mobility.

Patented GM motor

“The crowdsourcing campaign allowed us to bring consumers into the development of our brand,” said Hannah Parish, ARĪV director. “Combine that with our products and our blend of bike and automotive talent, and the result is a unique brand DNA. GM’s extensive experience with electric vehicle motor software and controls greatly influenced the patented GM motor that was built from the ground up specifically for ARĪV e-bikes. It enables speeds up to 25 kph with four levels of pedal-assisted power.” GM did not specify power and torque levels. The battery charges in approximately 3,5 hours and according to GM “provide up to 64 kilometers of ride time on a single charge.”

ARĪV e-bike app

The ARĪV Merge and Meld come standard with safety components such as integrated, rechargeable front and rear LED safety lights for increased visibility and oversized brake rotors to increase stopping power. A connection to the ARĪV e-bike app is established via Bluetooth. The app displays data like speed, remaining battery level, distance traveled and more. The ARĪV Merge and Meld e-bikes are also equipped with Quad Lock, with which a smartphone can be securely mounted on the bike. Riders can charge their phone while cycling.

The ARĪV Meld sells in the Netherlands and Belgium for € 2,800 and € 2,750 in Germany. The retail price for the ARĪV Merge is € 3,400 in the Netherlands and Belgium while it retails for € 3,350 in Germany.

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