As Steve Jobs once said, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
We’ve ridden our share of electric bicycles, but none of them works quite like the Vanmoof Electrified. Weighing only 42 pounds, “the world’s first intelligent commuter bike” elegantly balances technology and functionality.
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For one, the style-forward frame—made of scratch-resistant anodized aluminum—houses a powerful battery pack, onboard computer, integrated front and back LED lights, and a digital display. And unlike e-bikes that look like their engineers strapped an engine to the side, the Electrified’s 250-watt motor is hidden in the hub on the front wheel.
Ideal for daily commuters, the Vanmoof is a “pedelec” bike, which means it provides energy only while you’re pedaling (so you can also ride it just like a regular bicycle). Using a sensor mounted to the crank, the onboard computer system monitors your performance and provides supplemental power as needed, increasing your pedaling output by up to 80%. So, while everyone else is laboring away to make it up that hill—and showing up at the office drenched in sweat—you can cruise on by in comfort.
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Also important: The bike tops out at 17 mph. Why does that matter? Staying under 20 mph means the Electrified still qualifies as a bicycle and can be used in designated bike lanes without fear of getting a ticket. No traffic for you.
A full charge takes about 3.5 hours and provides a range of up to 37 miles. Conveniently, battery life and the motor’s power output are displayed on the dashboard below the handlebars.
And, most important, should you walk outside the coffee shop to see that some jerk’s absconded with your wheels, the Electrified has a built-in GPS tracker. Just pull up the smartphone app to find your ride. That means it’s essentially theft-proof—by design.