IAA 2011: Ford E-bike Concept, the electric bike by Ford14 September 2011
Like Smart and soon BMW, Ford could get into the electric bike market, here is the E-Bike Concept unveiled at Frankfurt.
Developed by Ford’s design director, Martin Smith it is the expression of Ford design in a two wheeler.
The Ford E-bike concept adopts a trapezoidal frame, made of aluminum and carbon fiber, that weighs only 2.5 kg. An electric motor is installed in the front hub and a rechargeable Lithium Ion 340Wh is fitted in the frame, it allows potentially up to 85km autonomy and recharges to 80% in 2 hours and completely in 4 hours.
This electric bike meets the pedelec’s standard (EN 15194), the 250Watt engine supports you up to 25kph. A display mounted on the handlebar provides information on the bike and allows to select between three modes of assistance, economy, comfort and sport.
It receives a 11-speed Shimano Alfine (in-hub) and a Gates Carbon Belt instead of the usuual chain.
But that's not all, the electric motor is activated or disactivated via Magnetostrictive sensors (a technology used in F1), which reads the rotation of the inner bearing and relays the information in hundredth of a second for an optimal driving comfort. Last but least, they do not require any maintenance.
Unfortunately, no production plan at the moment but the brand announced that it will continue its development in the field of innovative mobility solutions.
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