To coincide with the London opening of the first ‘BMW i Store’, the German automotive producers present the new ‘BMW i Pedelec’ (pedal electric cycle) foldable concept bike.
Composed of lightweight aluminum and carbon fibre, the 3-speed bicycle is fitted with an electric motor that assists the rider’s pedaling up to 16mph (25 km/hr), with a range of about 16-25 miles (25 – 40 km). Two folded bikes are designed to fit in the trunk of the ‘BMW i3 concept car’ (similar to the design of the ‘i8 spyder convertible’ concept presented at beijing auto show 2012, which includes storable electric kickboards). the battery attains a full quick charge is 1.5 hours (4 hours on normal units), from either a wall outlet or a socket in the trunk of the ‘i3′. When riding downhill, the electric hub motor functions as a generator, recuperating kinetic energy for the battery.