The Frankfurt motor show takes place each year and attending motor companies often use the exhibition to showcase new releases and even concept models to delight the crowds. The Ford motor group are often behind many of the new releases at the show and this year has been no exception. Alongside the many additions and new models at the car giants stall in Frankfurt, a very different sized prototype was on show, with Ford's latest concept, an "E-bike".
The project has been designed to show how Ford as a company can translate their design language to a bike rather than a larger 4 wheeled vehicle. Sadly, Ford has stated that they do not have any plans to produce the bike but will continue to study and work on the concept as it may well help with future mobility issues.
The design of the bike was asserted by a team of people led by Martin Smith who is the executive design director of Ford and ran in partnership with the company "Cyber-Wear". The bike is designed to appeal to both male and female riders by the team behind many of Ford's top lifestyle collection ranges. The frame is a trapezium profile and is constructed from both aluminum and carbon materials giving it a lightweight mass but with also an impressive strength. The wheel design features six spokes that give the appearance of them floating around the frames body,
As mentioned the bike is powered by electricity and utilizes cutting edge technology to deliver a very minimalistic profile. The drive system is hidden within the workings of the front wheel and is powered by a lithium power cell that is stored within the bikes frame. The e-bike has been tested and is noted for being able to travel 85 kilometers (50 miles approx.) Before requiring to be recharged.
Not only have Ford developed their concept bike using engineers and designers from the motor sector, they also incorporated hardware from already leading cycling companies such as Shimano.
Electric bikes have become extremely popular and are overtaking traditional bicycles in some markets. With over 120million e-bikes in china alone you can certainly see how fast and rapidly the market is developing. Depending upon which country you live in you will find that laws different when it comes to e-bikes; in some countries they are classed as just normal bikes meaning they do not have very much legislation attached to them relating road use.
Source by Thom Sanders