New Ford e-Bike Gives City Commuters a Reason to Cheer
For fans of advanced alternative transportation, Ford is quickly becoming the company to watch. In press conference last week, Ford announced its new Peer-2-Peer car sharing pilot program along side a new electric bike prototype. That stunning e-bike is the Ford MoDe:Flex. It’s the third in the series of three e-bikes from the Blue Oval, which include the super-compact MoDe:Me and the commercial oriented MoDe:Pro, and this variant is perhaps the most in tune with everyday bikers. In fact, at a quick glance it looks just like an average road bike. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the New Ford MoDe:Flex e-Bike
Though on paper it’s much more. Like its predecessors, the MoDe:Flex packs an electric motor and battery into its frame and can fold down to be stored and charged in any new Ford vehicle. However, it also features unique front and rear suspension assemblies which can be configured for road, mountain or city biking – greatly increasing its versatility and potentially cutting a cyclist’s fleet from two or three bikes down to just one.
All three MoDe e-bikes were designed with urban commuting in mind, and as such they integrate to your smartphone via the MoDe:Link app to deliver real-time weather information, congestion warnings, turn-by-turn navigation, and public transportation schedules. Unique features also include a “no sweat” mode that increases the motor’s output based on heart rate to ensure riders get to their destination without perspiring, as well as pothole detection systems and approaching car warnings.
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For now, all three e-bikes are prototypes with indeterminate futures, though if the Ford e-bikes do ever come to production-ready fruition, they will likely have plenty of takers ready to give them a spin.
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