VanMoof has announced its first high-speed electric bike (e-bike), the VanMoof V, which has the capability of reaching a 60km/h (37mph) top speed.
According to Vanmoof, the company is launching the pedal-assisted e-bike today, so as to serve as a wake-up call to lawmakers and relevant authorities. The company says that it’s important that these authorities start prioritizing the needs of people ahead of those of cars, just as they should also do some rethinking over old regulations.
Specs and Features of the Vanmoof V
VanMoof V comes with a chiseled design, still maintaining the often copied VanMoof aesthetic. But now however, this muscular e-bike has motors in both wheel hubs ( front and rear ), and is being powered by an amazing 700Wh battery. Meaning longer riding times, especially made easy by its oversized tires. V also comes with some trademark VanMoof features like the auto shifting, the Turbo Boost button , and the usual antitheft recovery technology — including the keyless kick lock — that’s common to all of the company’s e-bikes.
VanMoof V like the company’s regular commuter e-bikes, has no throttle ( it’s pedal-assisted ), and also the battery can’t be removed for charging. However, It will be coming with a PowerBank range extender option.
Price of the high-speed V
For the initial sales, VanMoof V is said to be sold in Germany, Japan, France, the UK, the Netherlands, and the US for $3,498/€3,498/£3,498. Looking at the price, one would say they are not pocket friendly. Not until you compare with the prices of cars that these electric commuter bikes can easily replace that you’ll realize. In addition, it also goes cheaper than Stromer, whose fast European e-bikes goes for a minimum of about €4,500 to even more than €10k. Not only that, it’s definitely a more sophisticated buying alternative in comparison to US brands like RadPower, Juiced, and Super73.
VanMoof seems to be playing by the books of BMW by announcing first, the sales of its fast e-bike. Such a move could result in people’s acceptance and mass support that will force the hands of lawmakers and then prompt legislative action. VanMoof needs regulations and cities themselves to change if the company is to make owning and using an e-bike easy enough for the company to really sell 10 million units of electric bikes in the next 5 years.
It is noteworthy, that since the company was founded over 10 years ago, it has only shipped about 200,000 bikes. Well those figures might just be about to change.