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GM gets into the e-bike market

18/02/2019
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With the global market for e-bikes set to hit $24.3 billion by 2025 it’s no surprise to see companies such as General Motors (GM) eager to claim a share of the prize. GM’s new e-bike brand ARĪV aims to do just that, with two new models announced: The Meld, a compact e-bike, and the Merge, a folding e-bike.
GM is entering the e-bike market with its new brand, ARIV.
(GM is entering the e-bike market with its new brand, ARIV. Image via GM).

Whilst the e-bikes may be available under a different brand name, they are very much a GM product- making use of the company’s growing expertise in electric cars and using a variety of in-house produced parts. A statement from GM, described the development of the e-bikes as using ‘GM’s automotive-grade capabilities to set high standards in e-bike engineering. GM’s extensive experience with electric vehicle motor software and controls greatly influenced the proprietary GM motor that was built from the ground up specifically for the ARĪV e-bikes. The motor delivers top-of-segment power and torque for its size. It also enables speeds of up to 25 kph with four levels of pedal-assisted power’.
The Meld is one of the two e-bike models that GM is launching in Europe.
(The Meld is one of the two e-bike models that GM is launching in Europe. Image via GM).

GM claim that as well as top-of-segment power, the motor and battery will offer a range of around 40 miles.

Aside from their innovative motors, both ARĪV bikes feature visually arresting styling. Based a simple frame, the bike visual presence centres on a curved tube running from the seat tube to the head tube as a single unit and splitting into seat stays and wheel forks at either end.
The Merge is the folding variant of GM's new e-bikes.
(The Merge is the folding variant of GM’s new e-bikes. Image via GM).

It’s clear that the ARĪV bikes have been designed to be urban-centric too. Both models have a compact design to make the average commute easier. The Merge folds easily, allowing customers to conveniently roll the bike on its two wheels while folded. Both models also feature a ‘walk mode’, which allows users to engage the motor capability to more easily walk the e-bikes up steep inclines etc.

In the age of connectivity, GM have also ensured that each bike can communicate with an app on your phone so that you can track riding metrics such as speed, distance, remaining battery level, motor assist level, distance travelled and more. A USB port will also enable riders to charge their phone while on-the-go.
GM's e-bike brand ARIV will initially be available in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands as these are countries with the biggest e-bike markets.
(GM’s e-bike brand ARĪV will initially be available in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands as these are countries with the biggest e-bike markets. Image via GM).

ARĪV e-bikes are launching first in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, due to the popularity of e-bikes in those markets. If you want to get your hands on one of these smart new e-bikes, then you’ll be looking at spending €2,800 for the Meld and €3,400 for the Merge if you’re based in either Belgium or the Netherlands. If you’re based in Germany, you’ll pay slightly less at €2,750 for the Meld and €3,350 for the Merge.

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