for an automaker that are known more for powerful luxury sedans and sports car, an electric bike seems like an unlikely moved, but that’s exactly what the Munich-based marque BMW has done. folks, meet the German automaker’s latest attempt in electric bicycle, the BMW Cruise Electric Bike and unlike the firm’s previous version, this one is here to take your money. set to be released in the Germany with a yet-to-be-announced price, this 20 kilograms (44 pounds) pedal-assist two-wheeler features a 250W electric motor, juiced by a lithium-ion battery pack located on the bike’s down tube, is capable of making a range of 85 km (52 miles) at a cruising speed of 25 km/h (16 mph). the ‘bulge’ near the chainring you there is where that Bosch-made electric motor is located. other features include a disc braking system, four modes of ride assistance (Eco to Turbo), a detachable computer serving up information such as speed, battery status, plus other parameters, and in-built torque sensors that senses the rider’s extra pedal effort when going uphill and reacts by inputting more power to assist the rider in the climb to maintain the speed. only 1,000 units are planned for Germany for now and that said, fans from the rest of world will just have to sit and wait. that one thousand units there are probably to test market reaction to the this pedal-assist bike and possibly, for the dip on the pricing strategy. click on the jump for a few more look.
via BMW Blog