Electric bikes have seen many , and we will not stop watching models, but before the barrage of news I think it's very interesting when we find that one of the major manufacturers decided to make a special model, or a powerful company has something to say about it . The present case has to do with a historical manufacturer in the world of two wheels, such as the Piaggio Group .
The kids scooters have already played with electric bikes in the past, but it seems that the latest proposal is a more serious approach to the market. Piaggio Wi-Bike is presented as a more Italian than ever product, colorful, accessories and versions to satisfy the widest possible audience.
Wi-Bike comes in two different models: Comfort for those looking for a bike ride design, and Active, with a sportier line. There are really two pictures, which differ by the existence of the top bar, which is always present in Active .
In the model of "walk" or Comfort, we find the two box designs, with and without top bar. There is also a finished Plus in two variants that adds all accessories and better transmission. Before going to know more details, you can take a look at the video presentation of Piaggio:
The battery factory Samsung and is 418Wh allows us to do 120km - down by half in the Power mode and full load in 3.5 hours. It draws attention to the placement of the same in the central area of the bike, attached to the central column of the table, between the seat and the pedals.
Interestingly there is a GPS / GSM module in the battery, IP65 to withstand inclement weather. Thanks to the system implemented by Piaggio, You can know where the bike at all times.
Connect your phone
Taking advantage of that need connectivity, or at least want to get closer to that possibility, Piaggio guys have chosen Vodafone as a partner in this European adventure.
As seems logical, you need a mobile app - Android, iOS -to operate the set. To say that the handlebar screen can be removed, and serves bike key: without it does not work.
Travel in style
Italians know this, and the aluminum frame of the Wi-Bike can be decorated with many additions designed for them . We find leather bags for different areas of the bike, others with a more modern design, stands for phone and additional burden, or even helmets.
To give us an idea of the market that will move the electric bike in Europe, we in Germany will sell 400,000 vehicles a year, and in the Netherlands around 150,000. The thing in Spain is very little to see that the forecasts walk closer to the 15,000 units.
The Piaggio Wi-Bike is put on sale in early 2016 , but still nothing on prices, patience. I am not very clear differences with the finished Plus, but images can see that the normal chain model happens to become strap (NuVinci).