If you’re in Frankfurt basking in the atmosphere of all those concepts and supercars and you happen to see a futuristic-looking bicycle in the showroom floor, don’t be confused because that bicycle is actually part of Ford’s Frankfurt line-up.

The bike is called the E-Bike and its being touted as an electric bike concept that could very well be the future of bicycles as we know it. Apparently, bicycles of the future will have motors of their own. Go figure.

In any case, the Ford E-Bike comes with an aluminum and carbon frame that weighs just 2.5kg (5.5 lbs). This frame comes with a Giant SLR Carbon 110mm stem and a Selle Italia SLR XC saddle. It also has a Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal gear hub, a 2012 Shimano Rapidfire shifter, and where the old bicycle chains used to be, the E-Bike now has a Carbon Belt Drive System.

We never thought we’d associate the word ’bicycle’ with ’powertrain’, but unbelievably, the E-Bike Concept is powered by a front-wheel hub motor that produces an output of 350W with a top speed of 25km/h (15.5 mph) on electric power. The electric motor is joined by a 340Wh, 36V, 9.3Ah Lithium-ion battery that offers a driving range of up to 85 km (53 miles) with the battery capable of being re-charged to 85% capacity in just two hours, and 100% in three to four hours.

Ford has given no indication on whether this concept bicycle will be given the go-signal for production. Considering all the technologies present in the overall set-up of the bike, we’d venture a guess that we won’t see a production version anytime soon.


Kirby Garlitos
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  (488) posted on 02.7.2012

The ford e-bike concept really looks futuristic! I wished those red parts on the wheels become lights, so they can act as reflectors for safety.

  (197) posted on 12.13.2011

I really wonder if what’s special on this E-bike. Well, it seems that it is only an ordinary bicycle, but I would admit that it looks good on its color and even on its platform.

  (374) posted on 09.28.2011

I think Ford didn’t have any plan to put this on a production. Alas! I would really love to have it for myself! smiley With this bike, I can already use this one as my daily transportation. smiley

  (434) posted on 09.26.2011

E-bike concept? Hmmm, so intriguing and interesting one. I wonder if when will, the debut and production of this, and I would love to judge the road test of this. smiley

  (449) posted on 09.23.2011

Since this is a Ford creation expect it to be more expensive. Maybe this is more useful if they use some engine.

  (474) posted on 09.19.2011

Amazing bike! Ford brand is the one who have bike like this. I want to see this bike some of a day.

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