Automaker Vauxhall and Opel have teamed up to create a concept bicycle or more precisely, a pedelec, that’s fast and is powered by a lithium-ion battery. While battery-operated bikes aren’t really a new concept, we’re excited about this team up as the two giants are sure to create a unique bike. Called the RAD e Concept pedelec, which is essentially a pedal-assist electric bike, it’ll be powered by a 250 W electric motor that should produce about 29.5 lb/ft of torque.
The bike can be charged in transit on a FlexFix bicycle carrying system so if you have one of these handy equipments, you can recharge the RAD e with ease. Borrowing styling cues from Opel’s RAK e electric, Vauxhall’s version will also be equipped with the same smartphone controller that unlocks the engine and delivers real-time info on the estimated range available along with other data.
Depending on terrain, users of the RAD e should be able to average a speed of about 12.4 mph on a full charge over a range of 40 to 90 miles. This is much higher than other electric-powered bikes which usually average about 15-20 miles on a single charge. The makers have claimed that the bike will be built around automotive manufacturing methods wherein the frame will be constructed out of hollow-pressed steel. We don’t know how far this is true and we’re going to have to wait till a prototype is launched.
The futuristic-looking bike does look like it’s heading for production considering all the details we’ve received. The lithium-ion technology and steel frame, in particular, have gotten us excited as if the bike is ever released, it’s sure to be one hell of a ride. So far, we’ll just have to contend ourselves with other electric-powered bikes and wait for the day when Vauxhall and Opel unveil their latest creation.