Michelin’s Lifestyle division will sell from October 1st a foldable electric bicycle with puncture-proof tires using a technology derived from bulletproof vests.
Its 220W motor drives the front wheel and offers three levels of assistance, while the 24V 8.5Ah battery has a range of 45km for a 4 to 5hours charging time.
The transmission is a in-hub Shimano 8 speed, last spec, its weight: 17.6kg, which is in the average for a folding pedelec
Its big plus, the removable battery and "virtually puncture-proof" tires reinforced with an aramid layer (material used in bulletproof vests).
Michelin’s electric bike will be sold online at a price of € 1,390 with a 2 year warranty, for now Michelin has not announced any sales forecasts.