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      06-13-2012, 07:57 AM   #1
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Cool BMW i Pedelec Concept (Electric Bicycle) Introduced

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Celebrating its premiere at the BMW i Store is the new BMW i Pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) Concept – a custom-made complement to the BMW i3 Concept. The ace up the sleeve of the compact bicycle? It can be folded up almost in the blink of an eye and, handily, there is room for two of them in the boot of the BMW i3 Concept.

BMW i has come up with an innovative two-wheeler, which acts as the perfect complement to the BMW i3 Concept and adds a new and convenient layer to personal mobility, particularly in urban areas. The new BMW i Pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) Concept is a compact bicycle fitted with an electric motor that tops up the rider’s muscle power with an extra dose of torque. And that means the rider can get to other parts of town even more quickly and effortlessly – and without breaking into a sweat. The BMW i Pedelec Concept can be folded up almost in the blink of an eye and, handily, there is room for two of them in the boot of the BMW i3 Concept. Plus, their batteries can be recharged while they’re in there.

Like the BMW i3, the BMW i Pedelec Concept is a thoroughly high-tech form of personal transport. Advanced componentry – such as disc brakes at the front and rear, a three-speed gear hub integrated into the motor, a lightweight frame made (like the BMW i3 Concept) from aluminium and carbon fibre, a torquey electric motor complete with electronic management system and high-performance battery, and a clever folding mechanism – make this motor-assisted bicycle an extremely practical transportation solution. As well as its impressive riding and packing characteristics, the BMW i Pedelec Concept can also be converted in a matter of seconds to offer a handy pushing mode, which allows it to be rolled and steered and therefore taken on public transport at no extra cost, saving the rider the effort of having to carry it around.

Because the electric hub motor only assists the rider’s pedalling up to 25 km/h (16 mph), the BMW i Pedelec Concept does not need to be insured or registered, no licence is required to use it, and the rider does not have to wear a helmet. Depending on the nature of the route, rider’s weight and degree of motor assistance utilised, a full battery charge will give a range of 25 – 40 kilometres (16 – 25 miles). Under braking and when riding downhill, the hub motor acts as a generator and supplies the battery with energy. It takes just four hours – or 1.5 hours on a quick charge – for the empty battery to be fully recharged, either from a domestic plug socket or inside the boot of the BMW i3 Concept.


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      06-13-2012, 08:09 AM   #2
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Nice! I wouldn't mind having one for lunch breaks.. But then again I wouldn't spend $5k on a bicycle. Lol
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This sounds very intriguing and looks neat. I like that you can charge it while it is in the car. The downside is that it is so heavy. I would like to see something less than 10kg, though I realize that this may not be technically feasilble for quite some time due to the weight of the batteries and other electric components.

Jason, what is the "BMW i Store". Google turned up nothing. Is this a reference to the new BMW store in Paris?

Edit: nevermind, I just didn't read the results carefully enough. I see that the i Store is opening in BMW’s existing London Park Lane store.
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This sounds very intriguing and looks neat. I like that you can charge it while it is in the car. The downside is that it is so heavy. I would like to see something less than 10kg, though I realize that this may not be technically feasilble for quite some time due to the weight of the batteries and other electric components.

Jason, what is the "BMW i Store". Google turned up nothing. Is this a reference to the new BMW store in Paris?

Edit: nevermind, I just didn't read the results carefully enough. I see that the i Store is opening in BMW’s existing London Park Lane store.
World's first BMW i Store details @ http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=704911
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Not practical in the southern US, when does the i3 come out though?
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Not practical in the southern US, when does the i3 come out though?
i3 launches to market in 2013 - likely around summer.

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BMW is heading in the right direction. Props.
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at first I was like cool a fold able pit bike, then realized it was electric & really expensive....still cool though
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I wouldn't spend $5k on a bicycle. Lol
I have a garage full of bikes, two of which cost over $5K. None of them have electric motors. I guess electric bikes have their place but to me, the rider should be the only "motor" a bicycle should have.



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What's this? The next generation 0.5-Series?
What will those zany Efficient Dynamics boffins think of next?

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Cool bike and it would be perfect combination for a Euro Delivery.
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I'd pay 2500 bux for it, but not 5 grand!
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