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Home » Green Bikes and Scooter » Electric Bikes

Vauxhall's RAD e urban design concept  

06/03/2012

Vauxhall's RAD e urban design electric bike concept

 

Vauxhall's RAD e is a stylish and environmentally-friendly urban design concept that offers customers a transport solution in areas where car use is restricted.

Taking many of its design cues from the radical RAK e, shown at last yearís Frankfurt Show, and the upcoming Ampera, the RAD e responds to the increasing role e-bikes are predicted to play in future integrated urban transport systems.

The RAD e is the first e-bike to be designed around automotive manufacturing mass production methods. Instead of exotic light-weight materials, its designers opted for a hollow pressed-steel frame, which is light, strong, flexible and easy to make.

Powering the RAD eís pedelec propulsion system is a state-of-the-art 250 watt electric motor and lithium-ion battery. The battery can be fully charged in just two-and-a-half hours, and the bike can be transported on a specially adapted FlexFix carrier that allows it to be charged while itís on the move.

Delivering at least 40Nm of instant torque, the RAD e feels agile and responsive. The motor gives the rider support when pedalling, but will provide between 40-90 miles of pure electrical drive if required, depending on terrain and based on a 20mph average speed.

The same, smartphone-based control unit that made its debut in the RAK e concept last year is now used in the RAD e. User-friendly and simple, the control unit unlocks the engine and provides real-time data on range, speed and exact location.

 

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