Greyp trades power for range with street-legal G12H e-bike
The Greyp G12S was a beast of an e-bike, but its power kept it mostly in the dirt. Now, Greyp has toned it down with the G12H, a street-legal version that trades in the 70 km/h (43.5 mph) top speed of its predecessor's Power mode for a battery with twice the capacity and a range of up to 240 km (149 miles).
Aiming for the best of both worlds, the G12S's Power mode was built for messing around off-road, but to placate the safety spoilsports, a Street mode restricted it to 25 km/h (15.5 mph), which is the legal line drawn by European Union law between electric bicycles and electric motorcycles.
Unveiled this week at Intermot in Cologne, Germany, the G12H is designed to be more of an everyday e-bike for commuters. That means it's been toned down to fall in line with new laws that came into effect in Europe on January 1 this year, with its 45 km/h (28 mph) top speed and 4-kW motor allowing it to roam the streets under the category of a moped.
Along with the newfound freedom to ride it to work, the G12H boasts a better battery. Its capacity is up to 3 kWh, double that of the G12S, which in turn doubles its range from 120 km (74.5 miles) up to an impressive 240 km, depending on the configuration of the bike. Recharging still takes only 80 minutes from a standard power outlet.
On the outside, the new model looks much the same, but a new Supernova headlight will brighten up a dawn or dusk commute, and a mounted pannier rack lets some luggage hitch a ride. Other than that, the G12H carries across the features of the previous iteration, including the fingerprint sensor that can be used to activate the bike and allows the prints of different fingers to be assigned to different riding modes. That allows different riders to touch on for custom preferences, or one rider to jump across various modes by scanning specific fingers.
Greyp hasn't announced any pricing or release details for the G12H yet beyond "coming soon," but it's likely to be in the ball park of the G12S, which sells for €8,300 (US$9,250).
Source: Greyp Bikes