General Motors plans to launch two new electric bikes next year – one foldable and one compact, as part of the car maker’s attempt to give a wider boost to electrification and other ideas that are trying to go beyond the traditional business model for the production and sale of vehicles with internal combustion engines.
The manufacturer does not provide much information about e-bikes or their outline plans. Hannah Parish, director of General Motors Urban Mobility Solutions, does not explain whether GM plans to launch a bicycle-sharing service as a result of these two new products.
“As an avid cyclist and urban commuter, I know how great it feels to get where I’m going easily and to show up sweat-free”, said Hannah Parish. “We blended electrification engineering know-how, design talents and automotive-grade testing with great minds from the bike industry to create our eBikes. Now we want to expand our thinking beyond the company walls and hear from people who like to move and have rad ideas”, added she.
Bicycles will be “smart” and “connected” and somehow inspired by GM-based subscription security system OnStar, integrated into new cars, which runs 24/7, 365 days a year and can save the passenger in case of an accident on the road, to guide him if he is lost, and to diagnose the car. However, the specific data on electric bikes will be clear next year.
Bicycles are equipped with safety systems including rechargeable front and rear LED lights. The electric bicycle propulsion is engineered by GM engineers, who have built their own propulsion system.