General Motors Reveals ARIV ebike models

General Motors has inveiled its new electric ebike brand. Called Ariv, the brand comprises two models – the Meld, a compact eBike, and the Merge, a folding eBike.

Power for the Ariv bikes comes from a GM-developed motor that enables speeds up to 25km/h with four levels of pedal-assisted power. The ebikes’ battery can charge in approximately 3.5 hours and receive up to 64km of ride time on a single charge.

Both models come standard with safety components such as integrated, rechargeable front and rear LED safety lights and oversized brake rotors.

The Merge folds easily, allowing customers to roll the bike on its two wheels while folded. Walk mode can also be engaged on the Merge and Meld, allowing customers to engage the motor capability to walk the eBikes up steep terrain more easily.

Both eBikes connect with an Ariv eBike app via Bluetooth. The app provides riding metrics such as speed, distance, remaining battery level, motor assist level, distance traveled and more.

The Merge and Meld come equipped with a Quad Lock mount – a system to securely attach a smartphone. An integrated USB port allows riders to maintain their phone’s charge while on the go.

The company says the Ariv eBikes will launch first in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, due to the popularity of lithium-ion battery-powered eBikes in those markets. Prices will range from €2750 ($AU4350) for the Meld to €3400 ($AU5380) for the Merge. The eBikes are scheduled to begin shipping to customers in Q2 of 2019.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Mar 2019 Edition)

10 Mar 2019