On Friday, GM unveiled two electric bikes that will go on sale next year. E-bikes are pedal bikes that also have a small battery pack and an electric motor. As a rider pedals, the electric motor provides additional power. Some e-bikes can run on electricity alone with no pedaling. GM would not say whether its new bikes would require pedaling
“You get on the bike and you feel like you have the wind at your back in both directions,” said Jennifer Cathcart, e-bike marketing manager at GM.
The bikes, including their electric motors, were developed by GM with assistance from engineers who worked on the automaker’s electric cars, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
The two new bikes, one of which is foldable, are designed with urban use in mind. Because they require less exertion to ride, e-bikes do away with some common objections to bike riding. In particular, riders won’t have to work up a sweat on their way to work, even when riding uphill, Cathcart said. The bikes will include built-in front and back lights, GM said.
Besides being a viable new line of business, the bikes support GM’s long-term goals to eventually provide customers with “zero emissions” and “zero congestion,” Cathcart said.