One of the attractions of BMW at the Munich Motor Show (IAA Mobility), an event mainly focused on mobility, is the BMW i Vision AMBY concept, a high-speed pedal-assisted bike for use in urban and extra-urban areas.
The name Amby means “Adaptive Mobility” and is the name of a model that mixes a futuristic look and, at the same time, inspired by a conventional e-bike. However, BMW’s two-wheel electric vehicle offers three speed options:
- 25 km/h for the bike path
- 45 km/h for “normal” streets
- 60 km/h for express or secondary roads
In the presentation, BMW even suggested that these speeds be changed in real time based on geo-fencing, which means you could automatically decelerate when entering urban areas, and then be cleared for full speed when entering urban areas. a secondary road.
Technically, the concept could fall into the electric bike category, but it shares little with other e-bikes. A high-powered electric motor and a large 2kWh battery allow it to reach much higher speeds in fast mode. Another advantage of this large battery is that BMW advertises a range of up to 300 km.
The battery can be recharged in just three hours – almost as fast as conventional e-bike batteries. The electric motor is at the bottom and the energy is transmitted through belts. At the rear wheel there is a swingarm and the tires are mounted on 27.5″ rims, which promise comfort even at higher speeds.
The wheels can be removed so the bike can be transported in a similar way to a conventional bike, and the battery can also be removed to reduce weight. Other functions are also available, such as ABS brakes, high beam assistant, tire pressure monitoring system and a radar anti-collision system.
However, due to speeds above 25 km/h, European cyclists will need to register the bike and have a license to ride it. BMW clarified the issue by saying:
“In the absence of any existing legal framework for a vehicle of this type with a modular speed concept, the “AMBY” Vision Vehicles set out to encourage the introduction of such legislation and, consequently, developments of this nature.”
- Drive: electric motor for assistance, control via pedals
- Maximum speed: 25 km/h (Vmod1) / 45 km/h (Vmod2) / 60 km/h (Vmodmax)
- Battery: 2 kWh
- Range: 300 km (Vmod1) / 180 km (Vmod2) / 75 km (Vmodmax)
- Charging time: 3 hours (fast charging)
- Wheelbase: 1,160 mm (with frame size M/L)
- Suspension travel: 120 mm front and rear
- Weight: approx. 30 kg
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