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Luxury Electric Bikes

The BMW i Pedelec is the Newest Addition to the i Series

— June 15, 2012 — Autos
The BMW i Pedelec is the latest addition to the company's eco-friendly i Series of vehicles. Unlike the i3 and the i8, the i Pedelec has only two wheels, and is powered by a combination of pedal power and electricity. The bike has a 42-volt electric hub motor paired to a three-speed gear hub. The bike has some advanced features, including front and rear disc brakes and a regenerative braking system.

The BMW i Pedelec only provides pedal assistance until 16mph. The reason for this is to ensure that the bike doesn't need to be insured or registered like a faster electric scooter or motorcycle. The bike's battery has a range of 16 to 25 miles, and can be recharged in four hours or in 90 minutes with a quick charge. What's more, the i Pedelec can also fold up and be docked in the trunk of an i3 for a quick power up.
Trend Themes
1. Luxury Electric Bikes - The rise of luxury electric bikes presents opportunities for high-end brands to enter the eco-friendly transportation market.
2. Eco-friendly Transportation - The BMW i Pedelec exemplifies the growing trend of eco-friendly transportation solutions, providing a disruptive opportunity for companies to innovate in this space.
3. Folding Electric Bikes - The foldable design of the BMW i Pedelec demonstrates the trend of portable electric bikes, opening up opportunities for convenient and compact urban transportation.
Industry Implications
1. Automotive - Automotive manufacturers can explore the luxury electric bike market to diversify their offerings and tap into the growing demand for eco-friendly transportation.
2. Sporting Goods - Sporting goods companies can leverage the trend of luxury electric bikes to expand their product lines and target both recreational and urban riders.
3. Renewable Energy - The combination of pedal power and electricity in the BMW i Pedelec highlights the potential for renewable energy companies to integrate their technologies into innovative transportation solutions.
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