Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Ford unveils E-Bike Concept
Ford has unveiled the E-Bike Concept, a bicycle fitted with the best bike components available anywhere, and technology from F1. Shown at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, the Ford E-Bike Concept can travel up to 85km on a fully charged battery.
Developed by Ford Design, in partnership with German brand cyber-Wear (the company behind Ford's Lifestyle Collection products), the Ford E-Bike Concept has been created to appeal to both men and women. ‘The E-Bike market is growing very, very rapidly, with some 30 million units sold globally last year. We see E-Bikes as an important element of urban electric mobility. More and more people are using E‑Bikes for short distance commuting and they are becoming comfortable with the concept of electric mobility,’ says Axel Wilke, Director - Vehicle Personalisation, Ford Customer Service Division, Europe.
The Ford E-Bike is fitted with a 350W electric motor that resides in the front wheel hub and powers the bicycle. The motor is fed by a lithium-ion battery pack that’s cleverly concealed in the bike’s frame. Also, the bike’s ‘integrated controller and patented magnetostriction sensor technology come from the world of Formula One,’ claims a press release from Ford.
Details of what ‘magnetostriction sensor technology’ is and what it does are deathly dull, so we won’t bother with those. What’s more interesting is the E-Bike’s drivetrain – Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal gear hub, Shimano Rapidfire shifter and a belt-drive mechanism (instead of the ubiquitous chain) made of carbonfibre. ‘With its cutting edge design, cross-gender appeal, robust build quality and high performance drive package, we believe the Ford E-Bike Concept would be the perfect addition to the e-mobility solutions we will offer,’ says Wilke.
Hmmm... the only ‘mobility solutions’ from Ford that we like are this and this. Now if Ford were to build a bike based on these mobility solutions, that might really be something!
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