BMW has introduced a new electric bicycle as part of its already vast collection of bikes called the Active Hybrid e-Bike.
According to BMW, the new e-Bike represents a completely new drive concept, which features an advanced Brose electric motor that can be activated as required to supplement the rider’s pedal power, producing an output of 250 W and 90 Nm (66 lb-ft) of torque.
Providing the energy for the electric pedal assistance – over a range of up to 100 km (62 miles) – is a removable 504 Wh battery. The rider can adjust the degree of pedal assistance with ease via the new display; four different power modes (from ECO (+50%) to TURBO (+275%)) can be selected up to a maximum 25 km/h (16 mph). Plus, the micro USB socket and Bluetooth function allow customers to hook their smartphone up to the bike.
The motor and battery are fully integrated into the hydroformed aluminum frame, highlighting the bike’s elegantly sporty silhouette. The frame’s profile is accentuated by the familiar BMW “bullneck”, which exudes energy and forward-surging presence, and the exclusive Frozen Black and Arctic Silver paintwork. In addition, the LED light integrated into the aluminum mudguard over the rear wheel maximizes safety and adds a further design flourish.
The saddle is another special creation for the e-Bike. Saddle maker Selle Royale commissioned BMW Group subsidiary Designworks to develop the first ever saddle tailored specifically to the requirements of e-bikers. The innovative form of the “eZone” (on sale since September) is based on a zonal concept fine-tuned to the particular attributes of e-Bikers and the need profiles of their riders.
A short nose, a rising seat surface at the rear and moving side wings create a stable seating position and improve balance when pushing off and braking. And they also ensure safety in typical e-bike acceleration situations. The eZone likewise convinces with an increase in comfort courtesy of three-zone padding featuring 3D Skingel and Royal Gel.
Meanwhile, the fiberglass handle integrated into the underside of the saddle makes the bike easier to move around, whereas most e-Bikes are often heavier than traditional bicycles on account of their drive module.
The BMW Active Hybrid e-Bike is now available from selected BMW dealers. All other models in the BMW bicycle range and related equipment can be purchased online at http://shop.bmw.com/.
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