The German company has promised a huge electrification push and it’s seemingly delivering across all fronts – including the area where two wheels are missing, along with the Motorrad designation.
Yes, that means bicycles – where BMW has had a very steady presence for years – so let’s meet the new BMW Active Hybrid e-bike, a model that even though it relies on human force (at least in part), also comes with its own 90 Newton-meters (66 pound-feet) of torque. In case the figure doesn’t seem impressive, we may remind you there are cars with that level – for example the Twingo ForTwo city cars, sharing the base naturally aspirated 1.0-liter engine with three cylinders and 91 Nm (67 lb-ft). Back to the bike – the Active Hybrid e-bike is a hybrid because it combines human force with electric assistance.
Its internals include a 250W motor and a 504-Wh battery that can be detached from the bike and is able to provide assistance for up to 62 miles (100 kilometers). Gadget gurus will love this bike – it even has a micro USB socket as well as Bluetooth functionality. The four assistance modes range from Eco (50%) to Turbo (275%) and the maximum speed is of 16 mph (25 kph). Design cues include the hydroformed aluminum frame painted in two-tone Frozen Black and Arctic Silver, LED lighting and even a custom saddle created specifically for e-bikes along with a very light fiberglass handle. It’s also quite expensive – at €3,400 in Germany.