Saturday, September 15, 2012
E-BIKE FROM FORD
When you think of a Ford the first thing to come to mind would probably be one the automaker’s popular models like the Mustang or F-Series pickup. Although Ford is mainly known for it’s long line of cars and trucks, the automaker recently unveiled the E-Bike concept in Frankfurt.
The E-Bike concept was meant to show how Ford’s design language would translate into a bicycle. The E-Bike concept demonstrates Ford’s
electric mobility competence. The concept is made of aluminium and carbon with a frame that only weighs just over five pounds. The drive system consists of a motor in the front wheel hub and a lithium-ion battery in the frame. The bike has a range of about 53 miles.
“The E-Bike market is growing very, very rapidly, with some 30 million units sold globally last year,” said Axel Wilke, director, vehicle personalization, Ford Customer Service Division Europe. “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.”
How much would one cost? Who knows, but it definitely wouldn’t be cheap.
By Marc Carter