General Motors announced last year that it is entering an electric bicycle. But, apart from the race for name and a few teasers, details were scant.
Now, GM has given the name of the new brand – AR forV – as well as the names of its two electric bicycles, as well as some information about its transition market plan. The name ARĪV was selected as part of a global craft campaign announced in November 2018.
GM brought two new electric "connected" bicycles ̵
The compact electric motor called Meld, and the folding is called the Merger.
GM says he has brought "the capabilities of the car class" to the bikes. The company's experience with software and engine control with an electric motor has significantly affected GM's own engine that was built for electric bikes, GM said.
The engine allows speeds up to 25 km / h with four pedal levels. The battery allows users to travel 64 km, about 40 miles, with a single charge. The battery charges for about 3.5 hours.
Both bikes designed and engineered in GM's Michigan and Oswiecim, Ontario facilities are standard with safety devices such as integrated front and rear LED front and rear LED headlights and oversized braking rotors.
Where to find and buy them
GM plans to launch first in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands because of the "popularity of lithium-ion batteries powered on these markets." website www.BikeExchange.com where customers can pre-order.
Meld will be cheaper than the merger, and prices depend on the country.
In Belgium and the Netherlands, ARĪV Meld is € 2,800 or $ 3,100, and the merger is 3,400 euros ($ 3800). In Germany AR isV Meld is € 2.750 and the merger is € 3.350.
ARĪV e-bikes is scheduled to begin shipping to customers in the second quarter of 2019
GM calls these related motors and this can mean many different things. In this case, this means that the bikes can connect to an application via Bluetooth.
The app gives drivers all types of metrics such as speed, distance, remaining battery level, engine support level, and distance traveled. The company plans to add more features, including a mode that will use its own algorithm to help riders arrive at their destination without sweat.
These bikes also come with what he calls "Quad Lock Mounting," a system to securely attach a smartphone to the bike. The built-in USB port allows drivers to keep the phone charged while on the go.