General Motors announced in November 2018 that they are plan to launch electric bikes, one model is folding and other one is compact. Its new e-bike brand name is ARĪV. According to General Motors press release later these bikes will launch in Europe. Since 2015 GM is working on these e-bikes.
GM initially launched two bikes one is Merge and second one is Meld. Compact e-bike is called Meld and the folding one is called Merge. “Automotive-grade capabilities” available in bikes. Both bikes have 25KPH with four levels of electric assisted power. The battery takes three and half hours for charging and you can travel 64KM after full charging the automakers said. Both bikes comes with safety components in bikes users find integrated LED lights in rare and front and that is chargeable, for increase stopping power oversized brake is integrated in bike. The bikes will be folded when you are not using it, and a “walk mode” feature engages the electric motor while walking the bikes up hills. For the easiest rides algorithms easily assist the amount of motor. Merge and Meld both bikes are engineered and design in Michigan and Oshawa.
Where you can Find and Buy bikes
The first bikes will launch in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands because According to GM these countries have strong demand of such technology. Bikes available online at BikeExchange.com. This website has developed by GM so that users can easily pre-order their e-bikes and in the second quarter of 2019, bikes started delivered to customers. Prices depend on the countries, Meld costs expensive than Merge.
The ARĪV meld €2.800 (about $3,100 ) and Merge is €3.400 ($3,800) in Belgium and Netherlands. In Germany prices are little bit lower then compare to Belgium and Netherlands, In Germany the ARĪV Meld is €2.750 and Merge is €3.350.
More about Bike
These bikes have a lot of different features; the bikes can connected with app via Bluetooth. App can provide you all metrics that a rider need such as Travelling distance, Speed, Motor assist level and the important metric is battery level while riding that shows you reaming battery. Quad Lock mount, an excited and much needed feature in these bikes through this system rider can securely attach Smartphone to bike. USB port available where to maintain Smartphone battery level.
About making of e-bikes
Most of the bicycles manufacturing companies use motors of Bosch and Shimano but ARVI had their own mid-motor developed by GM. From last year BionX and GM working together, BionX manufacture e-bike motors. GM purchase 8,000 units at approximately $1,000 each from BionX foer design and engineering of a mid-motor system. Later $1,400 each units cost given by BionX to GM and at this moment GM pulled out of the deal and Bionx having fallen down. Last year GM announced that by 2023 all of his motor vehicles would be electric.