Audi has taken technology out of their famous e-tron vehicles, such as the Audi R8 e-tron, and used it in the Audi e-bike Wörthersee concept bike. Audi describes this concept bike as neither a pedelec nor conventional bike, but instead as a high-end pedelec made for sport, fun and tricks.
Every component of this bike has been shaped and designed by Audi’s designers, creating a futuristically looking bike. Its striking carbon-fiber frame is not only pretty to look at it, its also incredibly light, weighing in at only 3.53 lbs. The bike altogether weighs 46.30 lb, a notable weight for a pedelec. The lithium-ion battery that powers the bike weighs only 11.02, creating the most weight.
When riding the e-bike Wörthersee, you can choose between five different programs, including: Pure mode, Pedelec mode, eGrip mode, Power Wheelie mode and Balanced Wheelie mode. All of these modes can be switched to with a smartphone.
In the Pure mode, the pedal power created by the rider is the only source of the bike (it works like a normal bike). Pedel mode assists the rider’s ped with the electric motor, allowing a top speed of up to 50 mph. In the eGrip mode, all of the power comes from the electric motor, which is controlled by a twistgrip.
The last two modes are by far the most intuitive of the lot. Power Wheelie mode assists the rider when the front wheel is in the air, and the wheelie angle is adjustable for less skilled riders. In the Balanced Wheelie mode, the rider’s balance is maintained electronically, allowing the rider to influence the speed when riding on the rear wheel by shifting their weight forward or backwards.
When you connect your smartphone to the e-bike, the bike’s computer will then use the phone to perform carious tasks. Videos and images are taken while the rider is riding or performing tricks. If you do happen to pull off some tricks, every complete one qualifies for success points. The more success points the rider earns, the rider is rewarded and the challenge level for rewards in raised. According to how many points you acquire, you will be placed on the Internet rankings, which you can compare with friends and other riders.
As of right now, this bike is only a concept but the technology used in the bike will most definitely find its way into production examples.