We love it at NoCamels when a company can take a fairly mundane and well-established product and turn it into something cool. So we immediately liked the eye-catching new eBIQE concept of Chinese-Israeli company Qoros, unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. This electric bicycle kind of looks like a motorbike and is one of the most advanced two-wheelers in the world.
After charging the bike from any regular electric outlet for 80 minutes, the combined battery and pedal powered-engine can run for approx. 120 kilometers and reach speeds of up to 65 km/h (40 m/h), making it faster than most electric bicycles. The bike can go from 0 to 25 km/h (15.5 m/h) in just two seconds, so the rider is bound to be the first one out of the junction when the light turns green.
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But the fun doesn’t stop there. The bike also boasts a 5-inch touch screen display, which connects to the QorosQloud service, offering navigation services, speedometers and real-time info about the bike’s status. The system also serves as a security measure, enabling riders to set a PIN for starting the bike or even use fingerprint identification.
The bike has three settings: Street, which limits the top speed to 25 km/h, to make sure it isn’t legally considered a motorcycle (in some countries), Eco, which is designed to maximize energy efficiency and Power, which gives the rider a top speed of 65 km/h.
Qoros unveiled the eBIQE (which was co-developed with European company Greyp Bikes) at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Qoros is registered as a Chinese company, but it is partially owned by Israel Corporation.
While it is still a concept model, it is quite probable that the company will see it through the production stages, since it can easily be marketed as a premium electric bike. Boasting a €5,000 price tag ($6,925), it will not be something anyone can afford. However, when compared to other alternatives, and providing that it is technically a bicycle, it may easily find a niche in the electric urban vehicle market. I know I want one.