Unlike the Smart e-bike whose electrification has been entrusted to BionX, Piaggio has developed and built in-house all the components of the e-bike.
Drawing on their experience with variable transmissions, Piaggio offers a variable transmission assisted by an electric motors in its e-bike, the DEA (Dynamic Engine Assistance).
Imagined as a concept bike that takes into account the mobility needs at 360 degrees, it hosts a dedicated platform called PMP (Piaggio Multimedia Platform) with smartphone synchronization, GPS chip and dedicated apps that communicate via Bluetooth and NFC with your phone - the USB port is only used for charging and for software updates.
The PMP offers a navigation system but also applications to facilitate interactions between cyclists.
The "250W-350W" motor has also been developed in-house by Piaggio, the (removable with handle) 400Wh battery allows a range of 60 to 120km.
No information yet about the intentions of Piaggio but the product looks very close to a marketable one in the short term, and the importance of the R&D quite revealing...
To be continued!