Smart ebike cruises through final testing phase
By Darren Quick
April 18, 2012
Smart has provided some more information on the company’s first foray into transportation of the two-wheeled, pedal-assist variety. With help from the likes of parent company Daimler, the bike’s battery supplier, and GRACE, the Berlin-based e-Bike manufacturer that helped in its design, the smart ebike was put through its paces in February in Majorca to test the bike ahead of its impending release.
While the team expects its pedelec (pedal electric cycle) will mainly be used in relatively flat city environments, the final testing before the bike’s release was carried out in the hills of Majorca in order to calibrate the bike to suit a variety of conditions. The ebike has four assistance levels and four regenerative braking levels.
The bike’s 250 watt brushless wheel hub motor is integrated into the rear wheel and is powered by a BionX lithium-ion battery that smart claims will supplement your pedal power for up to 100 km (62 miles), depending on the lay of the land. The smart ebike is due out by mid-year for around US$3,800.
Vision of the final testing phase carried out in Majorca can be seen in the video below.
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