VanMoof has just announced a new model of high-speed electric bike known as the VanMoof V, which will reach speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km / h). The company calls it a “hyperbike,” which makes sense considering it’s faster than any other electric bike available in the US or Europe.
VanMoof is widely known as a stylish and forward thinking e-bike brand. The sleek and stylish electric bikes of the Dutch company are technologically heavy, but do not try to win awards for their performance.
This makes today’s announcement of a high-speed electric bicycle all the more surprising.
VanMoof says we should always expect the company’s signature technology to end up in the new electric bike, including features like a Turbo Boost button, the Kick Lock that allows riders to lock their bikes. keyless, automatic gear shifting and theft deterrent via GPS tracking.
But the real innovations on the performance side come from the hardware.
To achieve this high top speed of 31 mph (50 km / h), VanMoof opted for two motors. With a motor in each wheel, VanMoof will use an intelligent controller to “improve traction for safety and performance”.
The bike also sports full suspension, with what appears to be an inverted front fork and a single pivot rear suspension setup.
True to the VanMoof design, the bike frame uses sleek, straight tubes to create a sleek bike, although the VanMoof V hides a lot more power under the hood than any VanMoof bikes that came before it.
The company explained that the decision to develop such a high-speed electric bicycle was driven by the goal of replacing cars as the dominant form of transportation in cities.
E-bikes offer a number of advantages over cars, such as free parking, the ability to avoid traffic via cycle lanes, fresh air, and extra exercise. But when cars aren’t stuck in traffic, they can often go faster than e-bikes, especially e-bikes slower at 15 mph (25 km / h) that are EU compliant.
Faster e-bikes help solve one of the main problems with conventional bikes – that they sometimes can’t keep up with the speed of city traffic.
As VanMoof co-founder Ties Carlier explained:
“The VanMoof V is our first hyperbike, an electric bike dedicated to higher speed and longer distance. I think this new kind of high speed electric bike can completely replace scooters and cars in the city by 2025.
We call for policies designed around people, rethinking how public spaces can be used if they are not occupied by cars. I am very excited about what a city might look like in the near future, and we are very proud to be part of the change by creating the right tools for the transition.
The VanMoof V is currently still in the engineering stage and the company expects it to start deliveries by the end of next year.
The price has already been set at US $ 3,598, and an invitation-only pre-order period has just opened for runners to deposit a $ 20 deposit to keep their spot in the queue. Invitations are sent to current VanMoof riders first and then more will be added to the waiting list on the VanMoof website over time.
Color me interested!
I have never hidden my love for fast e-bikes, and it tickles me in all good ways.
That being said, many questions remain unanswered. What battery capacity? What engine power? Can the VanMoof V be registered as a moped? When will VanMoof send Micah Toll a sample for review? People are asking the important questions.
I also find the speed of 31 mph to be a bit of a headache. Of course, 50 km / h is a nice round number. But in most US states, there is a 28mph limit for Class 3 e-bikes. And in Europe, most e-bike speed pedelecs are limited to the same equivalent number (45 km / h).
But given that the engineers at VanMoof have over a year to complete the electric bike, I imagine little details like these will be worked out. It’s not difficult to implement software speed limits of 20mph and 28mph to keep the bike lane legal in various jurisdictions.
All in all, it sounds very intriguing, and I can’t wait to see more progress from VanMoof. The idea of using faster e-bikes to replace cars in cities has been an argument I have been making for years and is starting to be adopted by major manufacturers. Small, fast electric vehicles are simply more space and energy efficient (not to mention more fun!).
In fact, I wrote a whole manifesto on how e-bikes can save not only our cities, but our entire world.
At least someone was listening.
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