BMW Electrifying Cruising with its new Active Hybrid E-Bike 

BMW has unveiled a new electric bike, the Active Hybrid E-Bike, continuing the manufacturer’s quest in electrifying many of its latest models.

The Active Hybrid E-Bike’s specifications look very promising, comprising of a Brose electric motor with an output of 250 W, producing 66-pounds-feet of torque with a claimed range of up to 100-km (62-miles) on a single charge. There are also four power modes ranging from Eco (+50 percent) to Turbo (+275 percent) that help adjust the amount of power its electric pedals generate, allowing riders to exert as much physical pressure as they like. Its maximum speed is 16 mph (25-km/h).

Both the motor and removable battery are seamlessly integrated into its hydroformed aluminum frame, a design concept that accentuates the e-bike’s profile. Its profile is a head turner with the front affixed in a lurching position and BMW’s trademark, sporty “bull neck” style. This complements eyeball widening paintwork with its exclusive, cool-toned “Frozen Black” and “Arctic Silver.”

Other additions include an aluminum mudguard with an integrated LED light and a new “e-biker friendly” advanced saddle with three-zone padding using 3D Skingel and Royal Gel for better balance and comfort. Other simpler technologies, such as USB-compatibility and Bluetooth, are also included.

The Active Hybrid e-Bike is now being sold in select BMW dealerships. It is priced at $4,000 (€3,400).

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Huger Blitzes Indiegogo to Bring Electric Skateboards to Production

Huger, a self-proclaimed producer of the “world’s best e-skateboards,” recently completed an Indiegogo round to bring its board to production.

As of Sept. 15, Huger raised $212,265 from 460 backers on its Indiegogo page, 701 percent of its original requested amount to fund its e-skateboards into production. Currently, all orders are on track to be shipped this month, with the brand accepting pre-orders. At the moment, its Indiegogo page allows budding technology backers to pre-order three models: the “Classic,” the “Racer,” and the Travel.” Each model offers savings between 10 percent to 25 percent off its market price, a perk popularized by Indiegogo. Extra accessories for sale including a quick-swap wheel and battery for $89 and $189, respectively.

Huger’s three e-skateboard configurations vary regarding top speeds (15 to 25-mph), weight, measurements, range, and recharge time. Amongst its calling cards is its grade capabilities, with its “Racer” capable of riding a 25 percent incline. With no power, it can also be used as a traditional skateboard.

The brand also offers torque control using a dedicated smartphone app which allows riders to adjust their turning power. Other notables include quick-swap batteries that can be removed in 60 seconds (Travel and Racer only), a Bluetooth-enabled remote control, and seven customized front, rear, brake, and turn signal lighting options.

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Volkswagen Testing its Electric Car Mettle in the Mountains

Volkswagen has built an all-wheel-drive electric car prototype to conquer the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, a famous testing ground for electric vehicle technology.

In collaboration with its technology development team in Wolfsburg, Germany, Volkswagen is going all-out in building an all-electric sports car to compete at the Pikes Peak high-altitude race in Colorado in June 2018. Formerly an unpaved rally dirt road, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb later became a showcase for new advancements in dirt bikes, motorcycles, stock cars, and other exhibition vehicles.

Volkswagen’s goal at Pikes Peak is to stress test the prototype’s battery and drive technology using the course’s 12.4-mile course, comprising of a 5,000-foot climb and a maximum elevation of around 14,000 feet above sea level. The record for completing the course by an electric prototype is eight minutes, 57.18 seconds, a record set by U.S. driver Rhys Millen a year ago.

“The Pikes Peak hill climb is one of the world’s most renowned car races. It poses an enormous challenge and is therefore excellently suited to proving the capabilities of upcoming technologies,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, a member of the board responsible for development. “Our electric race car will be equipped with innovative battery and drive technology. The extreme stress test on Pikes Peak will give us important findings that will benefit future development, and it will showcase our products and their technologies.”

No specifications have been released yet, with Volkswagen only teasing a cryptic looking silhouette image of the prototype.

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