Bicycles are not just leisure activity vehicles, as people have been using them for their daily commutes for years, beating rush-hour traffic and helping lower air pollution in the process. The advent of electrification has made them even more appealing, and Peugeot has just launched its latest product, the eM01 FS PowerTube.
Presented at Roc d’Azur, the leading mountain bike show that gathered nearly 150,000 enthusiasts between October 9 and 13, in Frejus, France, it will launch early next year in five versions.
The eM01 FS PowerTube, where ‘e’ stands for ‘electric’, ‘M’ for ‘mountain’, ‘01’ for ‘high-end’, ‘FS’ for ‘full suspension’ and ‘PowerTube’ for ‘battery integrated in frame’, is powered by Bosch’s new Performance CX electric motor that pushes out 75 Nm (55 lb-ft) of torque. Peugeot Cycles described the acceleration as being “explosive”, adding that it offers almost zero friction at speeds over 25 km/h (16 mph).
Built into the frame, the 62 Wh battery gives the bicycle a range of up to 140 km (87 miles), which is better than some electric vehicles currently on the market. For example, the new MAN eTGE Combi, as well as the panel van variant, offers only 114 km (71 miles) on a single charge in the WLTP test cycle.
“The lighter-weight frame of the new bike is specific to Peugeot Cycles, which developed it with the expertize of Antidote Solutions design office”, said Peugeot Cycles’ Team Manager, Vincent Ancelin. “Our supplier, Rockshox, developed the high-performance front and rear suspension systems. The 29-inch wheels improve the clearance abilities of the bike, which hugs the ground.”