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Greyp G-12 e-bike has supercar roots

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September 13, 2013

The Greyp G-12 electric bike is made by Croatia's Rimac Automobili

The Greyp G-12 electric bike is made by Croatia's Rimac Automobili

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If you want a stunningly fast, eye-catching electric supercar, you could do worse than the Rimac Concept One. Should you not have approximately US$1 million to spend on one, however, there's still something you can buy that's made by Croatia's Rimac Automobili – the €6,000 (US$8,000) Greyp G-12 electric bicycle/motorcycle/moped-type thing.

The 49-kg (108-lb) G-12 is the more teched-up descendant of the Greyborg, an electric off-road bike that was made and distributed by Rimac mechanical engineer Zvonimir Sučić in his spare time.

Riders can choose to pedal with no assistance, pedal with assistance from the electric motor, or go with motor-power only. When using the motor, users can choose between three driving modes: Street, in which its top speed is limited to 25 km/h (15.5 mph) so it won't be legally classified as a motorcycle; Eco, which maximizes energy-efficiency; and Power, which allows for faster acceleration and a top speed of 65 km/h (40 mph).

According to Rimac, one charge of the 64-volt 1.3-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery should be good for a motor-power-only range of up to 120 km (74.5 miles). Recharging takes 80 minutes, from a standard outlet.

One of the G-12's more interesting features is its 5-inch tablet-like touchscreen user int...

One of the G-12's more interesting features is its 5-inch tablet-like touchscreen user interface. This is what allows riders to switch between modes, plus it displays data such as speed, power output, battery life and estimated range based on current power usage. That display also incorporates a fingerprint scanner, that can identify up to 50 different users, and up to five fingers on each user. This gives riders the option of switching between modes, or accessing other functions, simply by pressing different fingers against the scanner.

Other features include a high-tensile steel frame with a carbon fiber body, regenerative braking, a two-speed planetary Schlump bottom bracket transmission, along with front and rear shocks offering 180 and 110 mm of travel, respectively.

The Greyp G-12 can be seen in action in the video below.

Source: Greyp

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
12 Comments

Great Message. Go zipping at high speeds down urban sidewalks.

Unfortunately, the first child who runs out of a building, not expecting to be slammed by a 100 lb electric bicycle, is dead. I found this ad terrifying.

Anru
13th September, 2013 @ 08:51 pm PDT

We get enough head-on collisions between trail bikes now, let alone letting these loose on tail ride areas! Without enforceable "one way" direction limits more deaths or injuries will occur as 'silent' bikes suddenly appear around a corner.

The Skud
15th September, 2013 @ 07:16 pm PDT

Holy Crow - flippin' relax people. It's just an ad for crying out loud.

Danimal
16th September, 2013 @ 08:00 am PDT

Anru and The Skud pretty well summed up my reaction to this ad. Except for one thing, the young woman didn't wear a helmet. Or does the manufacturer consider that unnecessary in urban areas?

gerald
16th September, 2013 @ 09:08 am PDT

why is this better than a regular motorcycle for half the money?

wle
16th September, 2013 @ 09:16 am PDT

it cant get legal in u.s.a. because no hack is required to get it over the kegal ebycyle speed limit. plus....utility? zero zip nada

Walt Stawicki
16th September, 2013 @ 10:52 am PDT

With the seat back like that and no rear tire protection, that bike is just itching to bump a rider off the seat, onto the rear tire, and put his sensitive parts in a pinch while abrading his butt which is now the rear brake.

flylowguy
16th September, 2013 @ 11:40 am PDT

The bike looks good, the film could be pretty good--I agree with the comments about encouraging raging down busy street, sidewalks and bike paths is what will get bikes banned and keep the 15 mph limit in EU. I have three ebikes and friends with them for years. We almost always pedal while motoring--often vigorous peddling. This film NEVER shows that--it always shows sitting on yer butt like a motor bike and then gives a text message that you can pedal it with no motor. The most common and useful way to ride an ebike is to pedal and motor at the same time. What a clueless marketing film that diminishes the marketability!!

Al Mayberry
16th September, 2013 @ 01:33 pm PDT

if it were going for two grand we would all buy it in a micro second.

frogola
16th September, 2013 @ 04:14 pm PDT

Cool bike! I'll wait for something more practical with the same or better performance specs and a price point in the 1.5k - 2.5k USD range.

Guido Muldoon
17th September, 2013 @ 11:39 am PDT

Bottom line-it's an electric motorbike. The pedals are there purely as an attempt to con legislators into thinking it's a treadly.

Want one? In AU it'll have to be registered and licensed as a moto which will make it uncompetitive with similar performing smokers from just about any angle.

Bill Mulger
18th September, 2013 @ 10:17 pm PDT

The people who argue that this bike is unsafe, due to its motor clearly need to rethink their statement. In Amsterdam pedestrians, bikes, and mopeds, all travel together in very close proximity. Not to mention their are more bikes and scooters ect... On the street than any other city in the world. Accidents happen, but not often. People learn the rules of the road, just as if they were a car. People enjoy a healthy biking lifestyle in Amsterdam. It promotes sustainable travel, while keeping people active. Pedestrians should be aware of their surroundings just as bikers. This bike is an ingenious and well thought out design. For people with the money it could make life in a city am easy stress free travel environment, while still being able to have the thrill of a motor, and the workout of a bike. This bike enables individuals to use roadways, bike paths, and off road terrain to get to where they need to go; as well as have some fun. As for the comment that thinks It's electric motor being silent, is a bad thing, is absurd. The Prius is silent, and is an extremely popular hybrid within the states. Times are changing and we need to change with them, quit living in the past as open your eyes to new design and sustainability.

Jp Faraj
29th September, 2013 @ 01:49 pm PDT
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