Audi recently unveiled an electric bicycle and now BMW is following suit with a new electric two-wheeler, the i Pedelec Concept, which is the perfect compliment to the upcoming BMW i3 electric car. The i Pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) fits inside the trunk of the i3 electric car and has an electric motor to add a little extra power to a rider’s pedal stroke.
The i Pedelec concept features an aluminum and carbon fiber body to keep its weight down. The features a unique folding mechanism that allows it to be folded down and stored in the trunk of the i3 concept. Other cool features include disc brakes, a three-speed gear hub integrated into the motor and of course the electric motor that features an electronic management system and high-performance battery. According to BMW, the i Pedelec concept can be recharged using a standard outlet or while it’s stowed in the back of the i3 concept. It takes up to four hours to recharge, but only 1.5 hours on a quick charge. The electric motor in the i Pedelec concept will provide an extra boost for the rider up to 16 mph with a range of 16-25 miles.
In addition to unveiling the i Pedelec concept at the world’s first BMW i Store on London’s Park Lane, BMW also unveiled an updated i3 Concept. The updated concept gets an updated interior with renewable raw materials. The i3 concept features eucalyptus wood that is sourced from sustainably managed sources in Europe, leather seats that have been tanned with a natural tanning agent made from olive leaves and wool is used on some parts of the instrument panel.
The i3 concept will go into production in 2013, but BMW has not announced any production plans for the i Pedelec concept.
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