Chinese automotive company Qoros has barely launched its first car that it is already branching out by launching an e-bike.
Qoros’ first car will soon be declined in hybrid version, but it is the eBIQE Concept the company chose to showcase at the 84th Geneva Motor Show, a bike concept that will complement its cars.
The Chinese company explained the eBIQE Concept is created for the modern metropolitan consumer, with exceptional performance that can be used for commuting, leisurely rides or exploratory off-road adventures. It is also concept of a cloud-connected electric bike and showcases numerous Qoros design cues carried over from its production cars.
Riders of the eBIQE can choose to pedal with no assistance, pedal with assistance from the electric motor, or go with motor-power only. Qoros said when using the motor, users can choose between three driving modes: Street, which limits top speed to 25 kilometers per hour (15.5 mph) so it may avoid being legally classified as a motorcycle in some countries; Eco, which maximises energy-efficiency; and Power, which allows for faster acceleration and a top speed of 65 kilometers per hour (40.38 mph).
The eBIQE Concept in Power mode can reach 25 kilometers per hour (15.5 mph) in as fast as two seconds.
The e-bike has a charge time of 80 minutes from any regular power outlet.
The connected technology used in the eBIQE Concept is based on the innovative QorosQloud platform which is standard on most Qoros cars and adapts its functionality for application to the electric bike. Qoros said with a permanent 3G connection it is operated through a five-inch touchscreen mounted on the handlebars or in the cloud via the user’s smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac using the dedicated website or app.
The cloud-connected system, explained Qoros, will be able to offer functions such as advanced route planning, intelligent navigation, the ability to remotely check the eBIQE Concept’s condition (tire pressures, battery charge and range), and networking capabilities through social media, with the ability to share favorite routes and points of interest or arrange impromptu meet-ups with fellow riders.
“The intent is to adapt the QorosQloud platform that is already being enjoyed by drivers of our cars so that it would deliver the same level of powerful functionality, convenience and social networking services to enhance the eBIQE Concept rider’s experience,” said Stefano Villanti, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at Qoros. “Even the Eco-drive monitoring service that helps Qoros drivers to increase their driving efficiency is considered in the eBIQE Concept, with the ride behavior analysis feature conceptually developed to enable users to assess their riding style.”
The eBIQE Concept features a fingerprint recognition system, with the ability to recognize multiple users. This, in conjunction with geolocation technology, could make the eBIQE Another stand-out feature mentioned by Qoros is regenerative braking. A rarity on electric bikes, it enables the electric motor to generate electricity while slowing down, with this energy fed back into the battery pack increasing efficiency and range.