New e-bikes for hip­ster com­muters as 45 km/h speed limit comes in

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - ALWYN VILJOEN

TWO new elec­tric bi­cy­cles made the hip­sters who watch this field sit up and take note.

In North Amer­ica, BMW added the Cruise e-Bike to its elec­tric bike col­lec­tion, while in Ger­many, Greyp un­veiled the G12H, also a cruiser.

BMW said its lat­est elec­tric bike is de­signed for com­muters. Like most elec­tric bikes these days, the BMW is pow­ered by a Bosch Per­for­mance Line elec­tric mo­tor. A hy­dro­formed alu­minium frame was de­vel­oped in­house by BMW. The re­mov­able bat­tery is good for some 40 km/h and can be charged di­rectly on the bike or separately in about 3,5 hours for a 100% charge, or 1,5 hours for a 50% charge.

The BMW Cruise e-Bike sells for $3 430 (some R47 580) in the U.S.

Greyp’s lat­est elec­tric bike sells for a lot more, but then it does go a bit fur­ther. Greyp de­scribed its G12H as a street-le­gal ver­sion of its faster H bike, with a range of up to 240 km at 45 km/ h from its 3 kWh bat­tery.

Yes, Europe now has 45 km/h speed re­stric­tion laws on e-bikes, which will came into ef­fect on Jan­uary 1, 2017. Any­thing faster is a motorbike. The G12H has a 45 km/h top speed limit and 4 kW mo­tor that will al­low it to be sold in Europe as a moped.

Greyp hasn’t an­nounced any pric­ing for the G12H, but New At­las pre­dicts a price of about €8 300 (some R129 000).

PHOTO: BMW

Sell­ing for ‘only’ about R47 580, the BMW elec­tric bi­cy­cle is rel­a­tively cheap.

PHOTO: GREYP BIKES

With a pre­dicted price of about R129 000, the Greyp G12H will be sold as a moped.

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