Ford Rides into Frankfurt with E-Bike


Ford Motor unveils its E-Bike in Europe -- where else? Image courtesy Ford.

Joining Daimler's smart car, BMW, Audi, and Land Rover, Ford Motor enters the E-Bike world with a two-wheeled concept vehicle, which made its debut at the 2011 Frankfort Auto Show.

Recognizing the growing electric bicycle market (30 million sold worldwide last year), Ford launched the "bikewagon." At a recent visit to headquarters, its e-bike was not revealed but the behind-the-scenes tour said a lot about what's coming next.But more on those details another time, Ford's E-Bike idea is the latest news. The trapezoidal frame is targeted for both men and women and the lightweight lithium-ion battery of aluminum and carbon fiber weighs just 5.5 lbs and is concealed within the frame. With a range of 53 miles (85 km) per charge, the design will offer effortless Economy, Comfort and Sport rides with data displayed at your fingertips noting speed (up to 15 mph), distance covered, etc. with an app for tweaking on Android phones.

Ford's E-Bike doesn't go into production any time soon, but shows what the US automaker is thinking about the future of transportation. I'd heard Bill Ford at TED Talks earlier this year discussing the solutions in the works for "smart cars" that talk with each other as a way to address global gridlock and then saw it in action at the company's Forward with Ford conference, which explored what's ahead from Fusion and Focus, as well as lightweight plastics, natural fibers and recycled materials already used in the interiors.

This E-Bike design also integrates "magneorestrictive" sensors, borrowed from Formula One cars, that activate and deactivate the motor within a fraction of a second, which Ford claims is the first time this technology will be implemented with a bike.

Source: AFP's RelaxNews via The Independent UK
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