Best known for its upscale car audio that came standard in most premium German automobiles during the 1970’s and 80’s, Blaupunkt has entered the US market with a new folding eBike that provides up to 20 mph of assistance and a range of 45 miles.
“Since 1924, Blaupunkt has been a brand synonymous with German innovation,” said CEO of Blaupunkt Americas. “When it came time to apply that spirit to the problems of getting around our cities, communities, and even long-distance travel, Blaupunkt jumped in with both feet. We knew our offering had to be both fast, powerful, and fun while also being convenient to move around, all at a price that balances accessibility and a premium experience”
Blaupunkt already offers both folding ebikes and a cargo e-trike in Europe. However, the brand is promoting three new models for these shores called the Henri, Fiete and Fiene that are differentiated solely by color.
Tipping the scales at 46 lb (20.8 kg) with a maximum payload of 265 lb (120 kg), the new eBike is built around a die-cast magnesium-alloy frame that folds to 20 x 30 x 23 in (50.8 x 76.2 x 58.4 cm), while pedal assistance comes courtesy of a 350-W rear-hub motor that can provide up to 50 Nm (36.8 lb.ft) of torque, along with three levels of assistance. But, when it comes to human-power, the bike relies on a Shimano six-speed groupset.
Additionally, the eBike rolls on 20-inch magnesium-alloy rims wrapped in 2.125-inch tires, while Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 160-mm rotors provide stopping power. The bike also features a backlit LCD display for at-a-glance speed, distance and system status, as well as an LED headlight and rear reflector combo, plus fenders and a kickstand.
Elsewhere, the eBike is fitted with a removable 36-V/10.5-Ah Li-ion battery pack that meets the new UL 2849 safety standard.
The Henri model comes in gray/black, the Fiete in blue/black, while the Fiene sports orange/black paint scheme.
According to Blaupunkt, its new $1,999.99 folding ebike was designed in Germany, but it’s built in Paraguay, with distribution in the US being handled by the Bike Exchange.
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