Jeep’s amazing new electric bike, which it originally prodded during its Groundhog Day-themed Super Bowl advertisement, is presently accessible for preorder. In any case, be admonished: this one ain’t cheap.
The all-terrain electric trail blazing bicycle will go on a sale in June 2020 at the wallet-wrecking cost of $5,899. That puts Jeep solidly in the top echelons of e-bikes as far as cost, nearby premium contributions from noted producers like Specialized and Trek. It’s a risky move, as well, considering you can get an extremely extraordinary e-bicycle for around $1,500. Indeed, even VanMoof, which is broadly observed as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class of e-bicycles, retails for around $2,000 not as much as what Jeep is requesting.
That said, you get a lot of bike for that money. Jeep is partnering with Colorado-based electric mountain bike company QuietKat on the actual manufacturing. The bike comes with a 750W motor (though, as Electrek notes, you’re more likely to get 1.5kW out of it), 4.8-inch fat tires, and a top-tier suspension system. It’s listed as a Class 2 e-bike, meaning it’s throttle-assisted with a maximum speed of 20 mph. And the 10-speed drivetrain should provide plenty of hill-climbing power.
With electric-powered bikes and scooters covering the boulevards of most significant urban communities over the globe, automakers are scrambling to catch a bit of the quickly developing small scale portability part. Furthermore, as vehicle deals keep on sliding, they should discover approaches to interest a more youthful, progressively urban segment with transportation needs that are vastly different from past ages.
Automakers, in general, are trying to leverage their experience in manufacturing, batteries, and powertrains in pursuit of more electric-powered two-wheelers, like motorcycles, bikes, and scooters. GM is now selling a pair of e-bikes in the EU. BMW is making electric bikes and motorcycles. Audi manufactures electric mountain bikes. Ford recently acquired e-scooter startup Spin. Even Harley-Davidson has unveiled a lightweight electric two-wheeler concept amid a drop in sales. Jeep is just the latest automaker to jump into this space.