Electric scooter maker Bird enters the eBike market with the upcoming Bird Bike
With the popularity of tech-packed electric bicycles soaring, a new manufacturer has decided to enter the market. The American brand Bird is best known for its range of electric scooters, which can be rented via a smartphone app, but is now diving into the electric bicycle market.
Earlier this summer, Bird announced it would be launching an electric bike rental program — similar to what it already offers with its popular scooters. However, following that announcement, the company has confirmed that it is now launching an electric bicycle that people can fully own. That is a first for the company.
Called the Bird Bike, this new model offers a range of 50 miles on a single charge, with pedal assisted speeds of up to 20 miles per hour in the United States (UK law limits the amount of power from bicycle motors to 20 miles per hour 15 mph ) when it launches later this year.
In Europe, the Bird Bike’s motor judges the amount of power required based on the load placed on the pedals. However, riders in the United States will also find a handy thumb throttle, which gives riders a speed boost – perfect for tackling difficult slopes.
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There is a built-in display to show stats of your ride
Bird Bike also offers Bluetooth connectivity, as well as highly visible LED lights that are charged by the main battery, as well as an LCD panel. This display shows statistics about your current speed, the total distance of your ride and the remaining battery life before you need to recharge.
The Bird Bike is powered by a 12.8 Ah battery, designed and built by LG, which is removable so it can be charged separately wherever you’ve decided to lock the bike.
If you like the sound of this, the best news is that the Bird Bike is launching with an affordable price tag. The Bird Bike will cost $2,299 and will launch in the US and Europe later this fall.
The price in the UK has not yet been announced, but at current exchange rates, the price in the US is equivalent to around £1,683. That’s much cheaper than comparable options from manufacturers like VanMoof, Cowboy and Ampler, who charge £1,998, £2,319 and £2,890 for their bikes respectively.
The Bird Bike is available in two colors: Stealth Black and Gravity Grey.
The bike ditches greasy chains in favor of a single-speed carbon belt drive
Two different models are also available, one with a step-through V-frame and another with a step-over A-frame. Limited quantities are now available on the Bird Bike website in the United States, ahead of a wider launch in 2021. Neither model will launch with gears. Instead, Bird Bike is following in the footsteps of a number of other electric bikes, ditching a greasy chain and gears in favor of a smart motor and carbon belt drive.
Speaking about the Bird Bike, Founder and CEO Travis VanderZanden said: “The future of transportation is all-electric. By extending Bird’s consumer and shared products to include e-bikes and e-scooters, we are uniquely positioned to lead the revolution. to environmentally friendly transportation for the billions of annual journeys of five miles or less.
“With our new e-bike, we are creating more opportunities for people to embrace micro-electric vehicles beyond the 300 cities we partner with to deliver our shared services today. Our e-bike is safe, durable, and offers a stylish aesthetic and cutting edge technology that provides a fun alternative to gas-powered cars that cause congestion.With the Bird Bike, you can enjoy the ride like never before.”
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