BMW has unveiled it's first electric bike that can travel up to 190 miles on a single charge.
The futuristic-looking i Vision AMBY was revealed at the IAA Mobility show in Munich, Germany and is the first high-speed pedelec for urbanists. The e-bike is another vision from the Bavarian auto-manufacturer after the concept CE 02 and i vision circular, further emphasising both the urban mobility and circular economy messages.
Named as a neologism for adaptive mobility, the BMW i vision AMBY boosts pedal power with an electric drive system - dressed in all black - with three speed ratings for different types of roads: up to 15.5 mph (25 km/h) on cycle tracks, up to 28 mph (45 km/h) on city roads, and up to 37 mph (60 km/h) on multi-lane carriage ways.
Geofencing technology means the bike is able to recognise the type of road ridden on and automatically set the mode. The battery, which is positioned on the center of the frame, delivers 2,000 Wh for a range of up to 186 miles (300km) that can be recharged in three hours. The design appears as if a mix between a racing bike and sporty e-bike.
The large frame structure defines a visual lightness and powerful athleticism as well as an impression of strength and stability. The 120 mm of suspension and wide, 27.5-inch wheels further emphasizes this comfort and safety at all speeds. The upper tube of the modern frame - made from anodized secondary aluminium - is crafted from four profiles. A slight rising sweep underscores the dynamism.
The handlebars elegantly stem up from the frame. A slim LED light strip sits horizontally into the wide handlebars. In reverse, a vertical LED rear light is integrated into the seat post. the rider's smartphone, which controls the bike's speed mode, can fit in an integration pad located before the handlebars. Space between the frame's profiles offers stowage ideal for urban life, securing a backpack or laptop bag.