Ford Introduces Two New Electric Bicycle Prototypes
Ford may currently have its hands full at the Geneva Motor Show, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t point out that the company also made a recent unveiling that could change the way it’s perceived in the personal electric mobility segment.
On the shadows of everything that’s happening in Geneva, the American automaker took to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain to announce the expansion of its Ford Smart Mobility Program and unveil a pair of new Handle on Mobility electric bicycle prototypes.
According to Ford, the two prototypes are part of a larger plan that is to find new ways to integrate electric transportation into urban cities, creating a future dominated by electric cars, electric motorcycles, and electric bicycles.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the benefits of these two new electric bicycles. Ford’s trying to promote a new way of commuting in urban cities without the hassle of using antiquated technology on bicycles while also ensuring that riders are as comfortable as can be when they’re out doing their chores or making their deliveries.
Hopefully, these two prototype electric bicycles lose their “prototype” labels and become actual production models in the future. Ford’s got something here and it would be foolish of them not to purse it. If the Blue Oval is smart, it’s going to let the market dictate what it’s next move should be, but if I were a betting man, I’d be surprised if the market doesn’t make the decision for the company.
Click “continue reading” to read more about the MoDe:Me and Mode:Pro electric bicycles.
MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro Electric Bicycles
The two bikes, called the MoDe:ME and the MoDe:Pro, were designed separately with the former being built by bike manufacturer Dahon. The bike’s calling card, for lack of a better term, is its low profile that can be easily folded and stowed away. Meanwhile, the latter was built by a team of specialists from Ford.
Like the MoDe:Me, the MoDe:Pro can be easily transported anywhere but has the added benefit of being able to carry extra amenities, making it ideal for city couriers and the like to travel in and around any city without too much hassle.
Both bikes also feature a prototype app called MoDe:Link, which can be used to gather real-time information on the bike itself while also providing vital navigation tools, making it easier for riders to go where they need to go without getting lost in the urban jungle. Pretty sweet, right?
If those tech features aren’t enough, the MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro bikes also have two modes that can be utilised to their advantages. One is the pedal assist that comes with numerous degrees of pedal assisting and the other is a No Sweat mode, which is as it’s described.
Finally, both bikes come equipped with a 200W motor that’s tied into a 9-amp-hour battery, providing the rider some measure of assistance up to speeds of 15.5 mph. If you happen to have a new Ford vehicle, the bikes can be charged at no cost, making it easier to get full power of the motor any time.