Every car manufacturer that believes it has a future in the industry is already marketing electric vehicles or is planning to make them available in the near future. But that’s not all in the electric front. Vehicle manufacturers are also introducing electric bicycles that proudly carry a brand of a car. General Motors, world’s fourth largest automaker, has started marketing electric Ariv bicycles in Europe.
The compact, small-wheel GM Ariv e-bike was designed for city traffic. The bicycle has a long range, about 60 km / 40 miles. A full recharge takes about 3.5 hours. The electric motor can move the vehicle up to 25 km/h (15 mph) in speed.
The range means that an average commute is doable or running errands across a city during a day. For travelers who are searching for an electric, foldable bike for taking it along in a motorhome or campervan for a road trip, the relatively long range of the Ariv means that it is possible to stay at a camping site near a city and visit the center on a bicycle.
Two models are available: the Ariv Meld that doesn’t fold, and the Merge that folds.
Naturally, an app is required for monitoring the bicycle. The mobile application connects to the bike via Bluetooth. The app provides riding metrics such as speed, distance, battery level, motor assist level, and distance traveled.
A Quad Lock mount is provided with the bikes for attaching a phone to the handlebars. There is even an USB port that allows riders to charge the phone on the go (of course, the price is shorter range).
The GM electronic bicycles are available in Belgium, Germany and Netherlands in the second quarter of 2019. The price level of the Ariv ebikes raises the question: who GM thinks is the customer for the product? Cnet reports that the prices start at 2750 euros for the Ariv Meld and 3350 euros for the Merge in Europe.
Ariv bikes can be ordered from BikeExchange.
Photos by GM.