Qoros has revealed its cross between a mountain bike and e-bikes at the Geneva Motor Show. The imaginatively spelled eBiqe uses a battery and motor along with pedals to achieve speeds of up to 40 mph with a 75 mile range.
The eBiqe concept might not be game-changing at first look. True, we’ve had pedal/electric hybrids before in things like the Sinclair X-1 (remember that?) and the more sports bike-based Hustler X5, but what makes the eBiqe special is its connectivity — it’s always on 3G.
The eBiqe features a 5-inch touchscreen display that’s mounted to the handlebars. This will connect to the QorosQloud platform for advanced route planning, intelligent navigation, social networking and the ability to check the bike’s tire pressures, battery charge and range. Perhaps it might be able to help the company with its curious spelling?
The QorosCloud navigation currently found in Qoros cars has been adapted to suit cyclists. It still incorporates real-time incidents, travels times, weather and even charging points. The bike can charge from empty to full battery in 80-minutes from a standard power outlet.
The eBiqe has three modes: Power for a top speed of 40 mph and 50 mile range, Street for a legal limited 15 mph with 75 mile range, and Eco for a speed of 37mph and 62 mile range.
You can boast these distances depending on how much you use the pedals, as it can be ridden purely with electric drive. Range is also affected by how much the regenerative braking is used.
Qoros has not mentioned plans to release the eBiqe as it’s just a concept right now — but, if it was to hit the streets those in the know reckon it would cost you around $7000 or more.
I’ve a feeling that it would be up against some stiff competition from the likes of Yamaha amongst others.