From compact city car manufacturer Smart, comes another innovative take on urban transport. The Smart E-Bike was designed with help from parent company Daimler and German E-bike builder Grace, and represents the the company’s first venture into two-wheel, pedal/electric transport.
The sleek design can be traced back to Grace’s extensive work with battery assisted bikes. The Smart E-Bike has a 250 watt brushless wheel hub motor integrated into the rear wheel and is powered by a BionX lithium-ion battery. The bike features four assistance levels and four regenerative braking levels, which allows the rider to adjust depending on the conditions. SMART claims that under optimal conditions the motor will supplement your pedal power for up to 100 km (62 miles)
The Smart E-bike is due out in the US by mid-year for around $3,800.
[via Aether journal]