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.
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.
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.
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