Smart New Electric Bike Going Into Production, Smart eBike
According to Daimler’s website, the automotive manufacturer which known for its tiny cars and the all-electric fourtwo, Smart, is planning to launch its electric bike. The Bike will be launched in both Europe and North America in the first half of 2012.
The smart ebike features a maintenance-free 250 watt electric motor with four power settings. Daimler says that the 400 Wh lithium-ion battery is one of the most powerful used for bikes and can last for over 100 kilometers (depending on the power level selected and the manner of cycling).
Smart ebike is a hybrid. It can be powered by human power, the electric motor, or a combination of the two.
“The smart ebike is a true smart — but on two wheels,” said smart CEO Dr. Annette Winkler. “It’s not just an extremely well designed bicycle that is sure to draw admiring glances in the city — it’s also really practical and child’s play to ride.
“Anyone can zip through town on it with or without exerting themselves — depending on their fitness level and as the mood takes them. And it’s even easier to find a parking space than with the smart fortwo.”
The headlamp and rear light of the bike feature LED technology. Other features include a USB interface and there’re even plans to develop a special app for the iPhone which would allow smart ebike riders to use their iPhone as an information centre about the bike, such as the charging status.
The near-series version of the Smart ebike will be on display at the Eurobike show in Friedrichshafen (August 31- September 3, 2011) and at the Frankfurt Motor Show (September 15-25, 2011) in Frankfurt, Germany.