We have already seen a couple of electric concept vehicles from BMW, in the form of their i3 and i8 concept cars, and now BMW has shown off another electric powered device although this one is a bicycle, the BMW i Pedelec.
According to BMW, the i Pedelec is a high tech form of transport, and it is made from a range of advanced components which include front and rear disc brakes, a lightweight frame which is constructed from carbon fiber an aluminium.
Because the electric hub motor only assists the rider’s pedalling up to 25 km/h (16 mph), the BMW i Pedelec Concept does not need to be insured or registered, no licence is required to use it, and the rider does not have to wear a helmet. Depending on the nature of the route, rider’s weight and degree of motor assistance utilised, a full battery charge will give a range of 25 – 40 kilometres (16 – 25 miles). Under braking and when riding downhill, the hub motor acts as a generator and supplies the battery with energy. It takes just four hours – or 1.5 hours on a quick charge – for the empty battery to be fully recharged, either from a domestic plug socket or inside the boot of the BMW i3 Concept.
The BMW i Pedelec comes with a high performance battery and an electronic management system, the bicycle can be folded away for easy storage and also for taking on public transport.