Looking to capitalize on the eco-friendly commute market, Audi is hard at work trying to come up with a range of e-bikes that will offer user the same level of sophistication and technological ease as their range of cars. Set to be shown off at Wörthersee, Austria in a week’s time, a new prototype e-bike by the German automaker is not only versatile and highly advanced but also allows a higher level of performance and handling capability that is generally missing from other bikes in the segment.
Created for trick cycling and sport usage, the high-performance e-bike will be demoed by Petra Bernhard, a renowned downhill specialist and biker Julien Dupont at the event. To make it superbly agile, the e-bike has been created to have a low center of gravity with a compact carbon fiber-reinforced polymer frame which helps the bike maintain a light kerb weight of just 24 pounds. To optimize the transmission of power to the pedals, broad flat spokes on the “Audi ultra blade” design in the 26-inch wheels that also feature an identical carbon fiber-reinforced polymer construction.
The e-bike is powered by a lithium-ion battery which allows the bike to develop 184 lb-ft. of torque via a 2.3 kW electric motor. The rear wheel drive takes around two and a half hours to fully juice up and its battery can easily be replaced with a charged spare when the bike is being taken for longer rides.
What makes the e-bike really stand out apart from its sporting capabilities is the fact that it will be offered with an electronic control system operated via a smartphone that can be used to choose between five cycling modes-Balanced Wheelie, Power Wheelie, eGrip, Pedelec and Pure. Audi will announce the price and availability of the bike at a later date
Via: Uber Gizmo