Ford Rides Into the E-Bike Market

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    At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford introduces a rather surprising addition to its range of vehicles – an E-Bike.

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    Providing the power is a drive system consisting of a motor in the front wheel hub, a lithium-ion battery concealed in the frame, promising a range of up to 85km on a full charge, an integrated controller and patented magnetostriction sensor technology from the world of Formula One.

    Magneotostrictive materials are used to convert magnetic energy into kinetic energy, and vice versa. In Formula One, these sensors help handle high engine revolutions in combination with intense thermal strains. They need no physical contact with other parts of the engine, are temperature-independent and are completely maintenance-free.

    In the Ford E-Bike, the first application of this technology in the bicycle industry, the sensors read the revolutions in the inner bearing and relay this information to the control unit within a hundredth of a second. The control unit then instantly activates or deactivates the electric motor, providing a seamless integration of the power of the legs with the power of the motor.

    Ford Rides into E-Bike Market with Stunning Concept | Ford Motor Company Newsroom
     
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    Now, can they sell it for less than the price of a motorcycle?
     
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    They aren't marketing it. It's experimental.
     
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    There are scooters that get up to (and over) 100 mpg so I don't think they could make much profit off something E in the cycles market. Too much tech==too much costs.
     
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    E-bikes are being marketed now. I think Walmart offers one for less than $500. The advantage of Ford's E-bike is that it can run 85km on a full charge. Most of the E-bikes currently marketed, use the motor just as an assist. In many parts of the world, the bike is a primary means of transportation. If price was low enough, I see a big market for the product.
     
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    OMG! Ford just sold my fancy! Would you believe I have contemplated augmenting my cruiser with tiny motor? Actually got the idea about 2 years ago from a Houstonian I saw riding bike with fabricated engine attached on bike. I congratulated the rider for the innovation and advised patterning innovation. Hope the cyclist took my advice.
     
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    I like it. But I need to pedal some pounds away.
     
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    Biking in the US is mostly for recreation and sport, but in much of the world biking is regarded as essential transportation. In countries like China and India bikes are essential. Public transportation can't accommodate everyone and private vehicles are just too expensive.
     
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    Good point. Here, vehicles are cheap (and so is motor fuels relatively speaking) and public transport is relegated to big cities only.
     
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    Ideally, the e-bike should be cheaper than a scooter, and can be peddled if needed. Currently electric bikes are both expensive and lame.
     

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