American automakers are currently padding their coffers from the sale of full-size, gas-powered pickup trucks. They know, however, the future of their business will be what they call “mobility.”
While many brands are simply talking about mobility, General Motors has made its first substantive step—or, more accurately, roll—toward its diversified business model with the announcement of a new eBike brand ARĪV (pronounced “arrive”).
Commute With Style and Ease
The ARĪV brand announcement comes with it the reveal of its first two eBikes, the compact Meld model and the folding Merge. The eBikes, which were engineered in Michigan and Oshawa, Canada, feature a purpose-designed, proprietary electric motor that, for its size, offers segment-topping power and torque.
The bikes are capable of traveling up to 25 kilometers per hour (15.5 miles per hour) for up to 64 kilometers (39 miles) with four levels of pedal assist. Only 3.5 hours are required for a full recharge.
The eBikes include some smart design features that make ownership and ridership less of a hassle. For example, the Merge can be rolled on both of its wheels it’s fully folded. And both models feature a “Walk Mode” that engages the motor to assist in ascending steep hills.
Modern Car Tech For Mobility
Rider and bike metrics, including speed, distance traveled, and charge levels, are all easily accessed on the ARĪV smartphone app. Riders’ can quickly attach their smartphone to the bike with a Quad Lock mount. And they can keep it charged, too, with a built-in USB port.
Standard safety features include integrated rechargeable LED lights in both the front and rear of the eBikes, as well as what GM calls “oversized” brake rotors that shorten stopping distance.
In the future, the eBikes will offer a proprietary algorithm that will enable riders to reach their destination without breaking a sweat. While this sort of negates part of the point of owning an eBike (you know, for the health benefits), it’s an ingenious feature.
At launch, the ARĪV eBikes will only be available in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. Pricing starts at 2750€ ($3118) for the Meld and 3350€ ($3799) for the Merge. Does it have a place in the American market? We certainly hope so.