The market’s acceptance of electric vehicles has not exactly been enthusiastic but regardless, BMW still launched its first store for its i sub-brand on Park Lane in London. At the grand opening of the store, BMW displayed the updated i3 model and the i Pedelec, a foldable electric bicycle. BMW is hoping that there will be one i Pedelec for every i3 on the streets.
Once the compact bike is folded, it can fit in the trunk of the i3. Its frame is built from lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber. BMW even claims that two i Pedelecs can be placed in the i3’s trunk. The i Pedelec has an electric motor, an electronic management system and a high-performance battery that permit the rider to reach a speed of 16 mph.
Because of the limited speed, the rider won’t be required to have a license. There is also no need for registration or insurance. Depending on the body size of the rider, the i Pedelec could travel anywhere from 16 to 25 miles on a single charge. Charging the i Pedelec could be done while it’s inside the i3’s trunk or while using a standard electric plug. BMW said that it takes four hours for a regular full charge but it can take as short as 1.5 hours with a quick charge.