General Motors Starts Taking Orders for Its First Electric Bike

first_img General Motors is reimagining future transportation with its first ARĪV electric bike brand.In November 2018, General Motors held a global crowdfunding campaign for its new eBike brand. After fans submitted potential names, General Motors decided to call the brand ARĪV, which is pronounced like “arrive.”The brand includes two connected eBikes: the Meld compact eBike and the Merge folding eBike, which will each retail between $3,106 and $3,782 in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. General Motors, which is taking preorders for the eBikes now via BikeExchange.com, said it will start shipping orders in a few months.Introducing #ARĪV, @GM‘s new #eBike brand, proudly engineered right here in Canada by our engineering team at the Technical Centre in Oshawa. https://t.co/sw8sUzlN61 pic.twitter.com/g5XR2vhUMV— GM Canada (@GMcanada) February 14, 2019General Motors didn’t provide too many details on the eBikes, however, it said that the eBikes’ motors can reach speeds up to 15.5 mph and contain four levels of pedal-assisted power. There are also key safety features, including a rechargeable front, rear LED lights, and oversized break rotors. Plus, the eBikes’ batteries can be charged in approximately 3.5 hours and receive up to 40 miles of ride time on a single charge.ARĪV Merge Electric Bike (Photo Credit: General Motors)Connectivity is another key feature for both eBikes: They can connect to an app that provides users with key riding metrics, including distance, motor assist level, remaining battery level, and speed. Each eBike comes with a Quad Lock mount as well, so users can safely secure a smartphone to the handlebars during rides. General Motors also said it’s working on additional app features, including, “a mode that will use a proprietary algorithm to help riders arrive at their destination sweat-free.”General Motors did not disclose if its new eBikes will be available in the U.S. and other countries, however, more details on specs and pricing are available on Bike Exchange’s website.More on Geek.com:Chinese Electric Car Sets Altitude Record By Reaching GlacierTesla Debuts a Portable Plug-In EV Charger for Its Electric Cars Harley-Davidson’s Electric Bike Is Now Available for Preorder Stay on target Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 last_img read more