In the modern age of wearable technology, many competitors will try to be leaps and bounds ahead of each other. Mobile transportation seems to have been taking a leap towards mobility and environmental awareness. Big cities like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles benefits from movements such as these. General Motors (GM), one of the premier leaders in the Automotive space is now taking pre orders for their electric bicycle, Ariv. But don’t get too excited, pre orders are only available in select countries in Europe.
GM announced two versions of their bike: the Meld and the Merge. The meld, being a compact e-bike and the Merge is a folding e-bike. The move that GM made into mobile transportation came because rivalries in transportation have expanded to the likes of scooters and ride sharing such as Uber and Lyft. Consumers aren’t shying away from scooters and ride sharing for short distances, in fact they prefer these new modes of transportation over a lease on a new car due cost, fuel and a greener earth is another factor mobile transportation appeal to millennials. It won’t be long until other auto manufacturers begin to jump in on this new space.
GM will begin shipment during the 2nd quarter of 2019. The Meld will be priced at $3,200, and the Merge will be right around $3,800.
The e-bike will be powered by an electric motor (specifics on these specs are still under wraps by GM) with speeds up to 15.5 mph. It will feature a four-level pedal-assisted power. The batter can be charged in 3.5 hours and ranges up to 40 miles. Not bad at all considering a plug in Prius charges in 5-6 hours with a range of 25 miles.