You'd Never Guess this Dutch Cycle is an e-Bike
First impressions can be deceiving. For instance, a quick glance at this stylish bicycle wouldn’t leave you thinking, “oh yeah, that’s definitely an electric-powered bike.” There are no obvious lumps of batteries tucked here or there. There are no space-age frames to be seen. It’s simply a bike. Or is it? In truth, this unassuming bicycle is a Vanmoof Electrified 3, and yes, it is very much an e-bike. Designed and built in The Netherlands, the electrified Vanmoof was developed for the urban commuter—the person who needs to get to their destination in style, rather than a puddle of sweat. The key to that mission lies where the bike’s top tube and head tube meet, in the form of a compact computer and sleek dashboard. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2015 Vanmoof Electrified 3 e-Bike
When on the go, the computer monitors the rider’s pedal behavior and can either increase or decrease the onboard pedal assistance with the swipe of a finger, served up via a 250-watt hub motor located in the front wheel. Vanmoof says this boosts your pedal power by 80 percent…essentially, almost another pair of legs.
The Vanmoof Electrified draws its electrical power from a battery pack integrated cleanly into the arrow-straight top tube, which allows for a pedal-assisted range of between 18 to 37 miles. Given the constant pedal assistance, this e-bike only sports two gears, which it shifts between automatically at 11 mph. The first is a lighter gear similar to single-speed setups, and the second taller gear handles the higher speeds. A full recharge of the onboard battery is as easy as plugging the bike into any wall socket, and takes about three hours.
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Like many e-bikes on the market these days, the Electrified 3 isn’t cheap. In fact, it retails for $2,998. However, you won’t have to worry about this bike getting knicked. Vanmoof and telecom giant Vodafone co-developed a GPS tracking system for the e-bike, allowing owners to look up their bike’s exact location in the event of a theft.
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