Qoros is staging the premiere of its eBIQE Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The eBIQE Concept is created for the modern metropolitan consumer, with exceptional performance that can be used for commuting, leisurely rides or exploratory off-road adventures. It is a concept of a cloud-connected electric bike and showcases numerous Qoros design cues carried over from its production cars, as well as innovative technology and impressive performance.
Riders can choose to pedal with no assistance, pedal with assistance from the electric motor, or go with motor-power only. When using the motor, users can choose between three driving modes: Street, which limits top speed to 25 km/h (15 mph) so it may avoid being legally classified as a motorcycle in some countries; Eco, which maximises energy-efficiency; and Power, which allows for faster acceleration and a top speed of 65 km/h (40 mph). With 60 Nm of torque available throughout the rev range, on battery power alone, the eBIQE Concept in this mode can reach 25 km/h in an impressive two seconds. It has a charge time of just 80 minutes from any regular power outlet – perfect for the city dweller.
The connected technology used in the eBIQE Concept is based on the innovative QorosQloud platform and adapts its functionality for application to the electric bike to ensure it delivers highly relevant features and services for the rider. With a permanent 3G connection it is operated through an advanced five-inch touchscreen mounted on the handlebars, or in the cloud via the user’s smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac using the dedicated website or app.
The cloud-connected system will be able to offer many industry-leading functions, such as advanced route planning, intelligent navigation, the ability to remotely check the eBIQE Concept’s condition (tyre pressures, battery charge and range), and networking capabilities through social media, with the ability to share favourite routes and points of interest or arrange impromptu meet-ups with fellow riders.
Thanks to its permanent 3G connection, QorosQloud will provide navigation that incorporates real-time updates for incidents, travel times, weather and charging points. And its cloud connectivity means that the system’s enhanced mapping data is especially valuable when riders head off-road. With a satellite overlay map view it could display topographical information so he or she can make better informed decisions about what direction to take. Alternatively because QorosQloud synchronises with the user’s smartphone, tablet or computer, rides can be planned ahead from inside the home or office.
The eBIQE Concept features a fingerprint recognition system, with the ability to recognise multiple users. This, in conjunction with geolocation technology, could make the eBIQE Concept highly suitable for integration into vehicle sharing schemes. Another stand-out feature is regenerative braking. A rarity on electric bikes, it enables the electric motor to generate electricity while slowing down, with this energy fed back into the battery pack increasing efficiency and range.
Although the surface area and exterior features were quite limited compared to the relatively expansive body of a car, the design team ensured that the eBIQE Concept successfully incorporates Qoros’ design DNA. The body is hand-laminated carbon-fibre, based on the steel frame of the G12 electric bike from Greyp. The team applied clean horizontal lines, a forward-leaning wedge profile and a hockey stick-shaped spoiler– all typical Qoros design traits.
Technical specifications of the Qoros eBIQE Concept
– Power mode/Street mode/ Eco mode – 12 kW/0.25 kW/4 kW
– Torque: 200 Nm 60 Nm 100 Nm
– Max. speed 65 km/h (power more), 25 km/h (street mode), 60 km/h (eco mode)
– Acceleration 0 – 65km/h 8.5 sec
– Max. range: 80km 120km 100km
– Weight: 49kg
– Frame size: 19″
– Capacity: 1.3 kWh
– Chemistry: Lithium Nanophosphate
– Nominal voltage: 64V
– Regen braking power: 2 kW
– Recharge time: 80 minutes[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]