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VanMoof V dual-motor ebike will have a top speed of over 30 mph

VanMoof V dual-motor ebike wil...
Once it hits the market, the VanMoof V should be priced at €3,498 (about US$4,031)
Once it hits the market, the VanMoof V should be priced at €3,498 (about US$4,031)
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Once it hits the market, the VanMoof V should be priced at €3,498 (about US$4,031)
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Once it hits the market, the VanMoof V should be priced at €3,498 (about US$4,031)
The VanMoof V's two motors could together deliver up to 1 kilowatt of power, augmenting the rider's pedalling power up to a top speed of 50 km/h
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The VanMoof V's two motors could together deliver up to 1 kilowatt of power, augmenting the rider's pedalling power up to a top speed of 50 km/h
The VanMoof V will incorporate front and rear suspension
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The VanMoof V will incorporate front and rear suspension
The VanMoof V will include integrated head- and tail lights
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The VanMoof V will include integrated head- and tail lights
A close look at the VanMoof V's suspension fork
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A close look at the VanMoof V's suspension fork
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While some ebikes are simply designed to make cycling easier, others are intended to outright replace cars. VanMoof's just-announced V ebike will be very much the latter, as it should have a top speed of 50 km/h (31 mph), along with two-wheel drive.

The VanMoof V is currently in the engineering phase, so full specs have yet to be determined. It reportedly will have both front and rear hub motors, though – depending on the configuration, they could together deliver up to 1 kilowatt of power, augmenting the rider's pedalling power up to a top speed of 50 km/h.

An onboard microprocessor will continuously control the relative output of the two motors, in order to optimize acceleration and traction. The motors will be powered by a 700-Wh frame-integrated lithium battery. Range figures haven't been provided at this point, due to the fact that they will vary according to the allowable top speed – and on how the V is classified – in different countries.

The VanMoof V will incorporate front and rear suspension
The VanMoof V will incorporate front and rear suspension

Features carried over from existing VanMoof models will include Turbo Boost for an extra shot of speed when needed, automatic gear-shifting, and the Kick Lock wheel-locking theft defense system – the latter is activated simply by kicking a button located near the rear dropout. The V will additionally sport an aluminum frame, front and rear suspension, integrated head- and tail lights, fenders, and thick tires.

It is expected to sell for €3,498 (about US$4,031), and will initially be available to buyers in the Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK, the US and Japan – deliveries should begin at the end of next year. If you'd like to reserve a VanMoof V of your own, you can do so by putting down a refundable €20 ($23) deposit via the link below.

Source: VanMoof

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5 comments
5 comments
michael_dowling
Bikes like this one would be defacto motorbikes,and restricted in most cities to those with a driver's license and insurance. Personally,I am more interested in an electric assisted bike for residential streets,speed restricted to less than 30 mph,making them usable by anyone.
Tony
If it looks like a bicycle and people ride it like a bicycle, it's considered an e-bike and not a motorcycle. You don't need a driver's license and insurance. There's no license plate on any e-bike.
Michael son of Lester
If the builder manages to hold the price point they've set, this will be a good e-bike to get. The only downside is the top speed and the power of the motors. In a lot of localities, including mine, this will be too powerful and too fast. This means the e-bike will have to be licensed and insured just like a scooter/motorcycle. Pain in the butt, but still doable.
Michael son of Lester
@ michael_dowling - The speed and power of this e-bike aren't big issues. I own an e-bike with a 750W rear hub motor. As it stands, this e-bike is illegal on the roads where I live because the 750W hub motor is too powerful, and the e-bike can go as fast as 50 KPH. The makers got around this by governing the output and max speed to keep the bike within legal limits. The makers of this e-bike could easily do the same thing.
Logandel
Car replacement because it can go 30 mph? Really? Give me a break. $4031.00 is a bit much. Look at the Grizzly from Ariel rider. $3000.00 and much better specs.