Gulas ebike uses flywheel to drive motor
GULAS, a start-up German company in Berlin, has released two models of the Gulas electric bike, which is licensed as a light motorcycle in Germany due to its power and a top speed of over 100 km/h.
The company says the bike provides the best aspects of bicycles and motorbikes.
It has a bicycle’s pedal, seat position and interface, which offers exercise as well as zero emissions and no noise.
But riders on steep hills also get a motorbike’s power, suspension, speed and brakes, for when the speed is suddenly not needed.
The motor, which comes in either 8 kW or 28 kW, is controlled through the pedals — the faster they revolve, the more power the motor gets and the faster the bike goes. The pedaling does not pow moving. er the rear wheel, but works similar to a home trainer by turning a fly wheel for which the resistance can be set.
“We have turned the standard motorcycle world on its head by expecting the rider to be physically active in order to get and keep You will be surprised how much fun it is to exercise when you feel super human,” the Gulas website states.
The entry level Gulas Pi1 has an 8kW/60Nm motor with a top speed of 90 km/h and a range of up to 240 km.
The Sport version, the Pi1S, makes 28 kW, 100 Nm and has a top speed of 115 km/h.
Charging time for the 10 kWhour battery is up to nine hours.
While Gulas blurs the lines between bicycle and motorbike, it leans firmly to top-end motorbike prices when it comes to selling their hand-built bikes.
Prices for the various configurations that are possible start at R317 908 and go to over R396 420, and that’s before import taxes.
Selling for over R300k, the Gulas electric bike from Germany combines the best of cycling with the prices of high-end motorbikes.