Opel is presenting an e-bike urban design concept at the Geneva Motor show. The RAD e is aimed primarily at urban people at a time when e-bikes are predicted to play an increasing role in future integrated urban transport concepts.
The RAD e name takes its inspiration from “Rad”—the German word for bicycle and wheel. RAD e incorporates boomerang design cues that also appear in the Ampera and the RAK e experimental electric vehicle.
|Opel RAD e. Click to enlarge.|
It is the first e-bike concept to be designed around automotive manufacturing mass production methods. The RAD e’s pedelec propulsion system is based on a 250 watt electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. At an average speed of 20 kilometers an hour (12 mph) and depending on the electric assist and terrain, the e-bike achieves an electrically supported range of between 60 and 145 kilometers (37 to 90 miles). In a maximum time of two-and-a-half hours, the battery can be fully charged.
The e-bike can also be transported on Opel’s FlexFix bicycle carrier and be charged while driving.