Alright… Admittedly, bicycles do hold a rather unfair advantage when it comes to moving their riders through urban traffic. They can weave through obstacles, they can roll up to a blocked intersection along the curb of the outside lane, and they are much faster off the line, and through the turns. The major difference has always been top speed, which means that no matter what happens, Cyclists have always had to deal with the risks associated with being passed by much larger and faster vehicles….That is until now with the spread of motor-assisted E-Bikes. In the video below we can clearly see that the German “ErockIT” will change people’s perceptions of eBikes, and offers us an almost surreal glimpse of a world where eBikes not only share the road with equal speed, but now with an almost unfair advantage as well!
Before you get all excited though, keep in mind that the “ErockIT” costs 30,000 euros – or around 44,000 U.S. dollars! – and customers have to put down 25 000 euros just to place an order to get in line . Once you see this perform though, you might not be so floored by the exorbitant price tag
Stefan Gulas is convinced the ErockIT – which can travel up to 80 kilometers, or almost 50 miles an hour, is a transport revolution. This is essentially a very cool EV, that helps to make electric transport comparable with the Ducatis and Porsches of the world.
Gulas says he expects the bike will appeal to “creative, successful, people”. So finally this market segment will have something comparable to put in the garage next to their Tesla Roadster!
Note: The price has since been reduced to 18,000, and remember that this bike is in pre-mass production phase, and are essentially one-offs! I imagine the mass-production price will be significantly lower, probably in the 5000- to 8000 price range
Here’s a video with Stefan Gulas that shows the eROCKIT in action!