Electric bikes are becoming more and more popular for commuters not keen to work up too much of a sweat – and folding bikes are ideal for those combining the journey with public transport. Put those two statements together and it’s easy to understand why electric folding bikes are set to be the next big thing.
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Sure, there are a few options available already – but some of the big players have (or had) yet to throw their hand in. The newest due on the market comes from Tern, who will soon be seeking funding via a Kickstarter campaign for their new ‘Vektron’ electric folding bike.
The machine has been developed in collaboration with Bosch, and Tern claim that it "pushes the envelope of electric bike design".
The bike folds in under 10 seconds and the Bosch motor is calibrated to the 20 inch wheel size so it can cruise along at 20 miles per hour for 40 to 80 miles per charge. The low-step frame and patented adjustable stem mean the bike is easily sharable between friends and family, suiting anyone from 4 ft 10 to 6 ft 5. There’s also an optional rack and child seat and the low center of gravity is designed to aid stability and ease of ride.
Joakim Uimonen, Design Director of Tern explained: “There’s a reason a Vespa is designed with small wheels. With small wheels you get punchy acceleration, a more maneuverable ride in traffic, and plenty of space between the wheels and rider for cargo-carrying. The Vektron brings together all of these benefits, plus it folds small, so it fits anywhere. Try putting a Vespa under your desk."
The catch? Starting delivery in the US
The Kickstarter campaign is imminent, and you can sign up for advanced warning here. We won't know the RRP on this bike until the page is up, but we do know their will be Earlybird deals.
There is a catch, though. Despite having a firm hold in the UK market, Tern seem to be kickstarting their electric bike in the US, first. They’ll start by fulfilling orders through their network of 125 dealers across the United States - whilst a UK distributor is still being sought.
This said - all being well and the target being achieved, we hope to see these comes to the UK market soon. And if not? Well - we hear Brompton are developing their own folding electric bike, too.
Check out this quick video to whet your appetite...