Sunday, February 17, 2019
GM Names e-Bikes ARĪV and Costs Starting P 160,000
Remember GM entering the e-bike business and even held a global name contest for it last November? Well, today, they’ve formally announced its name: ARĪV. It will go on sale in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
ARĪV will offer two innovative, integrated, and connected e-bikes: the Meld, a compact e-bike, and the Merge, a foldable e-bike.
ARĪV used GM’s automotive-grade capabilities to set high standards in eBike engineering. GM’s extensive experience with electric vehicle motor software and controls greatly influenced the proprietary GM motor that was built from the ground up specifically for ARĪV e-bikes. The motor delivers top-of-segment power and torque for its size. It also enables speeds up to 25 km/h with four levels of pedal-assisted power.
The battery was validated to rigorous safety standards similar to GM’s electric vehicles batteries. Riders can charge their ARĪV e-bike’s battery in approximately 3.5 hours and receive up to 64 kilometers of ride time on a single charge.
The ARĪV Merge and Meld come standard with safety components such as integrated, rechargeable front and rear LED safety lights for increased visibility and oversized brake rotors to increase stopping power.
The ARĪV e-bikes were engineered and designed in GM facilities in Michigan and Oshawa, Ontario.
The ARĪV design team combined its automotive and cycling expertise to create an innovative e-bike design that addresses the unique needs of urban commuters, with features such as internal cable routing to yield a modern, uninterrupted design.
The compact design of both models allows for easier transit and more convenient storage. The ARĪV Merge folds easily, allowing customers to conveniently roll the bike on its two wheels while folded. Walk mode can also be engaged on the ARĪV Merge and Meld, allowing customers to engage the motor capability to walk the e-bikes up steep terrain more easily.
Both ARĪV e-bikes connect with the ARĪV app via Bluetooth. The app provides riding metrics such as speed, distance, remaining battery level, motor assist level, distance traveled and more. Additional features are planned for the app including a mode that will use a proprietary algorithm to help riders arrive at their destination sweat-free.
Each ARĪV Merge and Meld comes equipped with a Quad Lock mount, a market-leading system to securely attach a smartphone to the e-bike. An integrated USB port allows riders to maintain their phone’s charge while on the go.
The price of the ARĪV isn’t cheap. The Meld starts at 2,800 Euros (~ P 166,000) while the Merge starts at 3,400 Euros (~ P 201,000).