GETWhipped: Ford’s E-Bike Concept

Ford really put it’s thinking cap on to develop this bicycle!   The frame is aluminum and carbon fiber, rear hub internal gears(Shimano Alfine, 11-speed), carbon belt, no chain here and disk brakes.  Now none of these are game changers but this is: the frame also holds a li-ion battery which drived a 350w motor in the front hub.  Inside that hub are magnetostriction sensors which change shape when a magnetic field is applied to allow the wheel to detect when it’s moving.  The motor then kicks in based on how hard you are pedaling to give you a little helping hand.  This technology comes from F1(side note, does technology ever come from Nascar?).  This all sounds fantastic but it probably weighs a lot.

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