New e-bikes for hipster commuters as 45 km/h speed limit comes in
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).
Selling for ‘only’ about R47 580, the BMW electric bicycle is relatively cheap.
With a predicted price of about R129 000, the Greyp G12H will be sold as a moped.