BMW is introducing in Germany a limited edition, production ready pedelec electric bike which will price at 2,599 euros, or around $3360 US. Known as the Cruise e-Bike, it will only have 1000 units made available.
Like other pedelec electric bikes on the market, the BMW Cruise e-Bike is designed to deliver electric motor assist while one is pedaling. Its Bosch electric motor ,with an output up to 250 watts, makes use of sensors to measure torque, cadence and speed to help a rider hit speeds up to 25 km/hr, or 15 MPH, when pedaling. It offers up a pedal assist range of up to 70 km, or 43 miles.
Three modes of operation, accessed via a removable Bosch computer, allow the rider to optimize between economy and full pedal assist modes to get the most out of the bike’s 300 Wh battery. When this battery is depleted, it can be removed with a wrench, according to BMW, and can be fully charged again within about 2.5 hours via a wall outlet.
The bike, with a weight of 22 kg, or 48.5 pounds, comes in a medium frame size. BWM notes of the Cruise e-Bike that it is built with no mass elements, but rather via only in-house developments. It sports very clean lines, a color combination of of pearl white and matte black accents as well as a white Selle Royal Freccia saddle. It is based upon an award winning design of the regular Cruise Bike.
“BMW sees itself as a premium supplier of products for personal mobility: cars, motorcycles, and innovative mobility products – for more than 60 years – a bicycle,” said said Dr. Thomas Goerdt, Head of Lifestyle Collections BMW Group, in a statement run through Google Translate. “The market for electric bicycles is growing rapidly. The bike portfolio of BMW, it was a logical extension, in addition to the bikes for all terrains offer a e-bike – not as pure leisure product, but for individual mobility needs in everyday life.”