Published on May 20th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan2
Smart Bike Wins “Best of Best” Red Dot Award, Rolling Out in Europe
Jo Borras wrote about the Smart Bike back in August (yep, same company as the eScooter I posted about yesterday and the more well known Smart Car). The Smart Bike is an electric bike with what many think is a sweet and practical design, including, it seems, people in the know.
The Smart Bike recently won the “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award for its high-quality design.
The rider of the smart ebike decides how much power he wants the electric motor to deliver to support his muscle power by pressing a button on the handlebar. There is a choice of four power levels with the fourth level providing maximum pushing power. Depending on the power level selected and the manner of cycling a battery charge can last for up to 100 kilometres.
With 423 Wh the lithium-ion battery is one of the most powerful batteries in the competitive environment. It has been attractively integrated in the frame of the smart ebike. The portable battery can be charged either at a normal socket or whilst riding, with the latter offering advantages in terms of cost and the environment. The wheel hub motor becomes as a generator when the rider brakes. The braking energy is recuperated, i.e. it is converted into electrical energy and stored in the smart ebike’s lithium-ion battery.
Image Credits: © Daimler & screenshot of video above