Audi Introduces New E-bike – Wörthersee Electric Bicycle

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Besides recently acquiring Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, German auto manufacturer Audi has recently announced a new electric bicycle dubbed the “Wörthersee”.

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As you can see from the photos, the Wörthersee features a prodigious amount of carbon fiber construction and also features disc brakes and Acros hydraulic shifting (with the cables run internally). It also features a lithium ion battery located between the down tube and the seat tube. Charging is said to be in the neighborhood of 5 hours for a full charge.

The Audi e-bike can also link up to the rider’s smartphone via WLAN and record tricks performed, routes taken, speed, distance, and more. Audi is entertaining the idea of integrating social networking in to the smart phones data capture as well.

From the manufacturer:
One of the highlights on the Audi stand is the bicycle technology concept known as the Audi e-bike Wörthersee — a sport bike that does not fit into any of the usual categories. It is neither a pedelec nor a conventional bike, but is best described as a high-end pedelec made by Audi for sport, fun and tricks. The Audi e-bike Wörthersee combines the Audi brand’s principal competences — design, ultra, connect and e-tron — and explores the limits of what is technically feasible in terms of design, lightweight construction, networking and electric mobility.

Given the high output of this ebike (50mph!) it is doubtful that this will ever reach American shores as a anything other than a cool prool-of-concept bike. The Wörthersee weighs in at about 46 lbs.

Here is a short video of French trials rider/Superstar Julien Dupont taking the new Audi e-Bike for a spin.

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Audi Website: www.audi.com

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • Alex H says:

    Looks great ! But looking at the carbon content, it will probably will cost more than a nice moto or two.

  • IGastaldo says:

    It is definitely a beautiful Concept Bike, but I’ll stick to my faithful mountain bicycle… ;-)
    Besides, just thinking about the price tag that will probably be attached to it, gives me the goosebumps!

  • Humberto says:

    I think this whole Audi (eBike) would be classified as an “electric motorcycle” or “electric trials motorcycle” and not be accepted by the larger cycling community at all.

    The problem in California with electric bikes: by law they are limited to 20mph, because you can’t have idiots tearing down a narrow concrete bike path shared with baby strollers and walking soccer mamas and hairless triathlete runners at 50mph! sheesh!

    So you move the ebikes out into the street – now Officer Friendly with his mirrored sunglasses comes along and say “hey boy – you look mighty cute on your carbon fiber contraption there, but you gotta have a D.O.T. approved white front headlight and a red rear running light if you wanna ride your eBike on my street”.

    Now you factor in the dollar value of an eBike is so high, you can NEVER lock it up outside and leave it unattended. Bike thieves will steal a $99 Walmart P.O.S. or any parts like seats and tires if they think they can sell the used tire at a garage sale for a few dollars in some college towns or dirty places like New York City:

    http://www.goinggoingbike.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Bicycle-Crime-Scene4.jpg

    eBike – Talk about a “garage queen” that would never see any real-world usage.

  • bappy says:

    what would be its price?plz reply

  • james Curcurato says:

    Where. Can I see an Audi ebike in NYC?

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