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Smart Unveils ebike Hybrid; Video Out

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Smart has unveiled an electric bicycle concept, the ebike, at the Paris Motor Show. Although requiring slightly more effort than the previously unveiled escooter, Smart’s ebike concept, which has a hybrid drive (a combination of muscle power and an electric drive), is just as green.

The concept comes equipped with a 250 watt wheel hub motor and a 36V lithium-ion battery, which delivers extra power when the rider pedals (the electric motor does not do all the work, but assists the rider).

Energy is stored in the battery pack that sits above the pedal crankcase on the frame. Like a plug-in hybrid car, the battery pack is either charged by plugging into a standard wall outlet or regenerates power when braking.

The ebike offers four levels of assistance, allowing the rider to conserve strength. A button on the handlebar allows the rider to select the desired power level, and depending on the level selected, the battery’s power reserve will allow trips from 19 to 56 miles.

But assistance is automatically cut off at 25 km/h (15.5 mph). If the battery is depleted, it can be fully recharged in two to three hours.

On the tech side of the ebike, there’s an integrated smartphone slot which turns a rider’s mobile device into an instrument cluster, navigation system, and ignition key. A cradle is mounted for the phone between the handlebars, allowing riders to see information such as battery status, speed, distance traveled, temperature, and heart rate.

With all these awesome features, the ebike does look promising. Have you decided to get one for yourself?

Check out the video which shows the making of the ebike.

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