The press days at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show may be over, but there are still a few tidbits trickling in here and there. Take this Ford E-Bike concept, which has an electric-assist motor that provides up to 53 miles of power, and is loaded with all sorts of high-tech goodies.
Ford is hardly ahead of the curve here, as everybody from Toyota to Smart and even Shelby have already gone ahead and shown off (and in some cases, sold) bikes branded with the names of familiar automobiles and companies. And like the others, Ford’s E-Bike concept is loaded with technology.
The carbon fiber and aluminum frame weigh just 5.5 pounds, and the front wheel has an integrated electric motor assist. Powered by a 9.3 amp-hour lithium-ion battery, the electric motor can go up to 15.5 mph and offer pedaling assistance for up to 53 miles. The 11-speed transmission Mavic Elipse wheels, and gears are all top-of-the-line stuff too. And then there is the handlebar-mounted display (what, no touchscreen??) that shows trip information and whatnot too.
Does Ford plan to get into the bike business? Probably not now, at least. But with the way things are going, big car makers may be considering expanding their portfolios beyond just cars and into other means of transportation. Does Ford make a scooter yet?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.